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.