Washington High School Coach Retained

Courtesy: Washington Community High School

Washington Panthers boys basketball coach Kevin Brown has been retained as the team’s head coach, but the school board will keep an eye on him.

A letter from the Washington High School Dist. 308 board to parents, obtained by 1470 and 100.3 WMBD, says Brown will remain as boy’s high school basketball coach, but with remediation.

Parents met with board members Monday claiming they wanted Brown dismissed, saying he has an aggressive style and sometimes uses inappropriate language.

In addition, a complaint was made by one or more parents to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, claiming that Brown engaged in physical and mental abuse.

The DCFS conducted an investigation and determined the allegations of physical and mental abuse were unfounded.

And even though an investigation by Superintendent Kyle Freeman concurred with the DCFS findings, Freeman did determine Brown “has an aggressive style and uses inappropriate language.” The School board states it is also troubled by some findings, including revelations that Brown made comments about players’ parents during practices and suggested details of practices be withheld from parents.

The board also noted it received dozens of compliments about Brown during its investigation, referencing the positive impact he had on the lives of student athletes.

The board, in its letter, says Brown has been made clear of its expectations moving forward. The board also says Brown has recognized areas in which he can improve and is committed to doing so.

Washington Dist. 308 letter to parents, in its entirety, is below:

Memorandum to Basketball Parents re Kevin Brown




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