East St. Louis places basketball coach on paid leave | Boys Basketball

East St. Louis boys basketball coach and track and field director Tony Young has been on paid administrative leave, the district said.

“Coach Tony Young has been placed on paid administrative leave and the district is currently conducting an internal review,” said district spokesman Kim Roberson, who refused to provide information on the reason for the suspension.

When Young arrived late Tuesday, he said he couldn’t comment on the administrative leave but was still the school’s track and field director.

Roberson said she did not know who would run the athletics division while Young was on leave.

The Flyers boys’ basketball team is led by interim coach Henry “Hank” Harris in Young’s absence. Harris was an assistant in Kansas, western Kentucky, and eastern Illinois, according to his bio, which is posted on the South Carolina state website where he served as an assistant coach. He was also an assistant coach at Highland Park High School and head coach at Labette Community College, Can, and Seward County Community College, Can.

Harris was not an assistant to Young’s staff.

Young from Schaumburg, Illinois played for Southern Illinois Carbondale from 2002 to 2006. After his senior season at Carbondale, he was a Missouri Valley Conference first-team selection and a defensive All-American.

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