Coach relieved of duties—Investigation pending

By on May 14, 2009

by Lynn Meredith
With less than two weeks to the playoffs, Dennis Hansen, coach of the Kaneland High School girls’ softball team, was relieved Tuesday of his teaching and coaching duties for the remainder of the year.

The administration declined to state a reason for the action, pending the outcome of an investigation, but said that it stemmed from a complaint.

“It was brought to our attention by a parent, student—a family complaint,” Superintendent Charlie McCormick said.

The district office had been talking with the high school administration during the middle and end of last week about the complaint.

The School Board gives the administration the authority to handle these type of decisions.

“It was an administrative call,” School Board member Cheryl Krauspe said. “Any (formal) action will be taken during open session (board meeting).”

Krauspe said she did not know all the details and could not comment.

The athletic department will look to the coaching staff to cover the rest of the season.

“We’re making changes in the coaching assignments to ensure we have proper coaching,” McCormick said.

Hansen has coached girls’ softball for 12 seasons with a 224-128 record. He also coaches boys’ basketball, and teaches drivers’ education and physical education classes. McCormick said that an appropriate substitute teacher will take over those classes.