MSHSL suspends St. Thomas Academy boys swim coach for 'inappropriate behavior'

MSHSL suspends St. Thomas Academy boys swim coach for 'inappropriate behavior' Photo: Minnesota State High School League

Updated: June 24, 2019 02:29 PM

The head coach of the St. Thomas Academy boys swim team has been suspended after an investigation into reports of "inappropriate behavior."

The Minnesota State High School League's executive director, Erich Martens, confirmed that John Barnes was under investigation back in March after the league received reports of inappropriate behavior.


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Martens told KSTP on Monday that the MSHSL Eligibility Committee reviewed the matter and suspended Barnes from coaching in the 2020 MSHSL post season, and also accepted a corrective action plan prepared by St. Thomas Academy. The committee also requested a summary of the outcome of the corrective action plan, Martens said.

The MSHSL Board of Directors approved the committee's decision at its meeting earlier this month, according to Martens.


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