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Woodbury head girls basketball coach Nathan McGuire has been placed on administrative leave from his coaching duties by the South Washington County School District because of an investigation following unnamed allegations.

Woodbury girls basketball coach Nathan McGuire placed on administrative leave

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Woodbury girls basketball coach Nathan McGuire placed on administrative leave
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Woodbury head girls basketball coach Nathan McGuire has been placed on administrative leave from his coaching duties by the South Washington County School District because of an investigation following unnamed allegations.

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“We cannot comment on the situation regarding Nathan McGuire,” said South Washington County Schools Director of Communications Barbara Brown. “Upon hearing allegations, he was placed on paid administrative leave from his coaching responsibilities pending further investigation.”

McGuire, a Cottage Grove resident who has taught kindergarten at Armstrong Elementary in Cottage Grove since 1998, was hired by Woodbury in September of 2012. McGuire took over the girls basketball team from Lionel Jones, who coached the Royals one year after the retirement of longtime head coach Dave Preller.

Woodbury was 19-10 overall and reached the Section 4AAA championship last year – McGuire’s first – which was a marked improvement from Jones’ 10-18 season the year before.

McGuire joined Woodbury after serving as the head coach of the Academy of Holy Angels girls basketball team for two seasons. He was also previously the head girls basketball coach at Henry Sibley and at Minnesota Business Academy. McGuire has also been a middle school track and field head coach in the district since 2001.

The last game McGuire coached Woodbury was on Jan. 3 at East Ridge. The Royals are 0-5 in McGuire’s absence and 5-9 overall on the year.

Woodbury Activities Director Jason Gonnion, who hired McGuire in 2012, refused to comment on the situation, only saying he was “on non-disciplinary administrative leave.”

McGuire could not be reached for comment. 

-Patrick Johnson

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Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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