Central Michigan places gymnastics coach on paid leave amid investigation

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
Former Central Michigan women's gymnastics coach Jerry Reighard

Jerry Reighard, Central Michigan's women's gymnastics coach since 1984, has been placed on administrative leave pending an "internal investigation," the university announced in a statement Wednesday.

Athletic director Michael Alford told The Detroit News that the investigation is not in any way tied to the Larry Nassar scandal that has rocked the nation's gymnastics community, nor does it involve Title IX.

Beyond that, Alford declined comment until after the investigation is complete, and the university provided no additional details.

A message left for Reighard was not immediately returned.

Reighard has had a highly decorated career at Central Michigan, guiding the Chippewas to their first Mid-American Conference championship in 1990, and then adding 15 more, including in 2018. Central won five straight from 2010-14.

He is a nine-time MAC coach of the year, and has a record of 522-258-5.

A Central Michigan alum, he holds a bachelor's and a master's from the university. His coaching career began as a graduate assistant at Central in 1975, and he coached high-school teams in Ionia in the 1970s and 1980s. He led Ionia High School to the boys state championship in 1983 and 1984.

Reighard is a Westland native who also is a nationally-rated gymnastics judge, working numerous national and international events, including the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

His wife of 43 years, Nancy, was a Central Michigan assistant for 16 years, but isn't listed on the athletic department's website as a current coach.

Associate coach Christine MacDonald will serve as interim coach, the school said. 


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