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Demon boys basketball coach facing mistreatment allegations

Coach John Anderson removed from position amidst district investigation


Golden High School’s boys basketball coach, John Anderson, is facing allegations of mistreatment of players, putting his future with the team into question.

According to Diana Wilson, Jefferson County Public Schools’ chief communications officer, Anderson was put on leave from his coaching duties in the end of November. The school district notified parents of an investigation into the reported concerns on Dec. 6, Wilson said.

“We left the door open to revisit coaching options in hopes the concerns will be addressed,” said Wilson. “We hope the issues can be addressed and the student athletes, coaches and team families can move forward.”

Reached for comment by email last week Anderson said, “I have not resigned,” but declined further comment, citing the ongoing investigation.

The Golden Police Department confirmed that it is involved with the investigation, but would not comment on potential charges.

Anderson was in his 20th season of coaching the Demons’ boys’ basketball team.

He is also a teacher in Golden High School’s P.E. department, but because the concerns only impacted his coaching, his teaching position is not impacted, Wilson said.

The team’s assistant coach, Tim Blodgett, will serve as the interim head coach. The Demons (7-2) are ranked in the top 10 of of all high school teams, and is considered a contender for the 4A state title this year.

“The district is still evaluating the situation. That’s all I can say right now,” said Jim Thyfault, the district’s executive director of athletics, when reached for comment.

The school’s principal Brian Conroy could not be reached for comment.

“We take parent and student concerns very seriously, and when the district learns of possible issues, we promptly investigate,” Wilson said. “Jeffco public schools believes high school athletics should be a positive, skill-building experience that ultimately supports student learning.”


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