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Published February 10, 2010, 07:51 AM

Troubling allegations against two Lake Park-Audubon coaches

Lake Park, Minn. (WDAY TV) - There is news of troubling allegations against two coaches at the Lake Park-Audubon high school. WDAY 6 News has learned police from St. Cloud have been interviewing members of the L-P-A girls basketball team after an alleged incident at an out of town hotel during a holiday tournament.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

The two coaches who are the center of the allegations and investigation were first put on administrative leave last Friday. But within the last 48-hours, the two men have resigned. This as authorities in Stearns County tell us they are investigating parents' allegations of coaches' wrongdoing involving alcohol and sex with players.

Both Andrew Schwan and Darrin Myhre were not only coaches for the Lake Park Audubon girl’s basketball team, they were also teachers. As of today, both no longer work here at the school. This after allegations surfaced that the administration first heard about over the weekend.

“We had an activity that took place during Christmas break and it took place an overnight stay at a hotel and that is where the info we have allegations stem from that overnight stay.”

Meantime, investigators with the St. Cloud police department arrived at the LP-A high school today to interview those not only making the allegations, but those who possibly witnessed the wrongdoing. Meantime the Superintendent is meeting with parents who have daughters on the basketball team.

“There are a lot of people polarized because of past experiences, what they believe and don't believe, so that causes turmoil in our school and we had some basketball girls struggling with this. I feel for the families of the allegations made and in a district this size, we are family and we pretty tight and close.”

The school and its legal team are conducting an investigation separate from the criminal one. Counselors are being made available and other staff is filling the void for coaching and teaching. When students went to staff with the allegations Friday, administration actually canceled a girl's basketball game that night because both coaches were put on leave.

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