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MRH Head Coach Suspended During Football Postseason

Brandon Gregory was suspended following an incident with a student.

will start its football postseason run without head coach Brandon Gregory at the helm.

Gregory was suspended without pay on Oct. 18 for an incident with a student, said superintendent Dr. Linda Henke on Wednesday. Gregory's suspension will stay in effect until Jan. 2.

The MRH Board of Education was notified during a meeting on Tuesday night.

Henke wouldn't provide many details on the incident, but said it involved one student in the school district's Student Success Center. Henke wouldn't elaborate on whether the incident between Gregory and the student was verbal or physical.

When asked what type of behavior warranted a temporary suspension, Henke said the district's response to the incident was fair.

"We felt that Coach Gregory was put into a difficult position," Henke said. "The more important story is we want him back."

KMOV published a story on its website on Tuesday night that said Gregory had "punched" a student. The story has since been removed.

"That wasn't an accurate statement," Henke said.

In a text message to Patch, Gregory said it was untrue but had no further comment.

Gregory has worked in the MRH school district for 7 years. He works as the district's assistant athletic director, teaches in the Student Success Center and is the coach of the track and football teams.

He was named for both football and track last year.

Assistant football coach Sterling Finney will serve as head coach in Gregory's absence. The Blue Devils are scheduled to start the postseason at home with a 7 p.m. game on Wednesday against Principia.

addison54 November 02, 2011 at 06:43 PM
Punching a student....how absurd. He does not deserve a suspension, he deserves an expulsion. Under no circumstances are hitting a student justified. Shame on Gregory.
Gwen Ragno November 02, 2011 at 06:48 PM
"That wasn't an accurate statement," Henke said.
dave harding November 02, 2011 at 08:29 PM
Without knowing all details, a kneejerk (emphasis on JERK) reaction is less than intelligent. There are many scenarios in which using physical force, e.g., defending one's life from a drug or alcohol affected 200 lb. teenager (male or female), may be completely justified. The coach's actions, while regrettable in light of his punishment, should be judged only by the people who know the entire situation.
footballmom November 02, 2011 at 10:28 PM
No one should judge Coach Gregory until you know the entire story of what went on. The bottom line is that he truly does a lot for MRH on and off of the field. He teaches the students so much more than how to play football or how to run track. He teaches them life lessons . He teaches them punctuality, respect, discipline and many other attributes that will lead them to be successful people in the future. He is an extraordinary leader. These kids need more people in thier lives like him. So before you say "shame on him" look at the whole situation (which no one knows the whole story) and evaluate the GREAT things that he does for our students.
addison54 November 03, 2011 at 03:53 AM
Congrats to coach Gregory for teaching his athletes life lessons; that's what a coach is supposed to do so I applaud him for doing his job correctly. He also teaches them that lying and cheating are acceptable. What a great life lesson.
TP November 03, 2011 at 02:36 PM
To protect the privacy of the student, most of us will never know what happened - nor should we. That is between the student, the parents, and teh MRH administration. To speculate or toss around accusations we cannot validate is harmful not only to a man who works tirelessly to help his student athletes, but it is extremely harmful to the students of MRH. Our job is to step back and allow this matter to be dealt with appropriately - not muck up the process by posting rumors, lies or speculations.
All4BG November 03, 2011 at 03:02 PM
Comments like addison54 infuriate me. Who are you to judge this man? Until you walk in their shoes and know who they are, what they stand for, you have no right to judge anyone and unless you know the whole story you also have no right to bad mouth Coach Gregory. Coach Gregory is one of the good guys. He'd give his shirt off his back for anyone. To a lot of these kids he's a father figure, their role model, their hero and he's family. Not only is he family to the kids, he's family to a lot of parents at MRH. He's someone that the kids look up to and admire and personally he's someone I look up to and admire. He's far from a liar and a cheater and what he teaches these kids on and off the field or in and out of the classroom makes them better people. What has happened has not only affected the students of MRH but it has affected this mans life. So like I said earlier don't dare judge him or anyone until you walk in their shoes or make untrue comments about him.
Tracie November 03, 2011 at 03:43 PM
What people fail to realize is that negative comments about the coach and the student does not help this situation. The coach and the child's life have both been affected by this situation. These negative comments don't help either party. This situation is between the child, the parents, the coach and the school district. If we are going to comment we should come up with ways to help, instead of being judgemental. We have not walked in the shoes of the coach or the student and it angers me that people are so quick to point fingers. Noone can say how they will respond or to any situation unless they are placed in that particular situation. So what I will do is pray for both parties involved that there will be peace brought back into both Coach Gregory's life and the student.
Reginald Finney November 04, 2011 at 12:32 AM
It is easy to be judgemental from outside of a situation. But let me give you a senario as a for instance. You are teaching a classroom and a known gang banger is disrupting the class. You politely ask the kid to be quiet and he decides to walk up into your chest instead. What would you do at this point? Just saying!
footballmom November 04, 2011 at 12:59 AM
"I believe all of your problems can be solved by thick, light green buds." per addison54's profile so this is clearly not the type of person I would want influencing my child. Like everyone has said YOU DO NOT know the situation or Coach Gregory. I pray that he returns as quickly as possible. Our school district and OUR children need him. I will step up to the plate and defend him any day. He is an outstanding individual. So until you have an educated statement to make just be supportive of the situation and our children. Thanks!

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