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     February 7, 2020      #73-38 KDJ
 

KCC's coach placed on leave 

Daily Journal staff report

KANKAKEE — For the second time in as many weeks, a hall-of-fame basketball coach in the area has been placed on leave — this time at the collegiate level.

Kankakee's Lavell McIntosh reaches for a dunk during the Kay's 45-38 victory over Wauwatosa West in the maroon division championship of the Kankakee Holiday Tournament. McIntosh was a third-team selection for the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Class 3A All-State team. Tiffany Blanchette

On Tuesday, Kankakee Community College women’s basketball coach Donnie Denson was placed on what the school is calling a temporary leave.

Kankakee's AJ Storr reaches for a dunk during a game in the 2019 Kankakee Holiday Tournament in December. Storr was selected as a special mention to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Class 3A All-State team. Daily Journal/Tiffany Blanchette

In an emailed statement to the Daily Journal, the college cited “not meeting the goals and standards of the program” as the reason for that leave.

Athletic director Todd Post said a decision for an undisclosed incident was made internally and that Denson will return Friday.

Bradley-Bourbonnais’ Gabe Renchen maneuvers for a layup while drawing a foul from Andrew’s Michel Morawski during a game this season. Renchen was named to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Class 4 All-State team as a special mention. Daily Journal/Tiffany Blanchette

“We addressed this internally based on expectations for student-athletes, coaches and the college’s athletic program,” Post said in an emailed statement Wednesday. “Coach Denson will be back on Friday, and the team will move forward.”

Denson said he has apologized to his team and that they are moving on.

“I’ve talked to the team and apologized to them,” Denson said in the college’s release. “We are moving on now. The focus from here on is to play basketball and succeed as a team.”

Denson, in his 21st season as head coach, was inducted last year into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Assistant coach Casey Meister, who also was inducted into the hall of fame last year, is serving as the interim coach during Denson’s suspension.

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