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Danvers High School boys basketball coach suspended

Posted by Sean Teehan  December 23, 2010 09:56 AM

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Danvers High School suspended its boys varsity basketball coach for two weeks following a school investigation of complaints from parents.

On Dec. 20, coach John Walsh began serving his suspension, said Danvers Superintendent Lisa Dana.

In a statement, Dana said Walsh and school administrators "mutually agreed" to the suspension.

"We had concerns that were brought to our attention and we did internal research," Dana said in an interview. "[We] decided this action was appropriate."

According to Dana, school officials caught wind of the issue that led to Walsh's suspension from players' parents.

School officials cannot reveal the reason for Walsh's suspension because it is a personnel matter, Dana said.

During his suspension, Walsh will miss three games before his return on Jan. 3. During his absence, assistant coaches will fill Walsh's responsibilities.

The school continues to keep players and parents informed of the situation, Dana said.

Walsh, who began coaching for Danvers High this school year, previously worked as an assistant coach for Watertown High School's team.

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