Gymnastics coach Jerry Reighard placed on paid administrative leave pending internal investigation


Central Michigan University Gymnastics Head Coach Jerry Reighard watches a gymnast compete during exposition during the CMU vs. Illinois State University meet Jan. 11 at McGuirk Arena. 

Central Michigan gymnastics head coach Jerry Reighard has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation, the CMU Athletic Department announced Wednesday.

In the meantime, associate head coach Christine MacDonald will provide leadership for the program.

The investigation of Reighard has nothing to do with Larry Nassar's case or Title IX, Central Michigan Athletic Director Michael Alford told Central Michigan Life.

The story will be updated throughout the day. 

So far in 2019, the Chippewas are 10-1 overall and 3-0 in the Mid-American Conference. CMU's upcoming meet is 7 p.m. Feb. 22 against Bowling Green at McGuirk Arena.

Reighard took over the gymnastics program for the 1984-85 season. In 2018, he led CMU to a MAC regular season title and a first-place finish at the MAC championships.

In 2018, CMU's Katy Clements became the second All-American in program history. The other was Kylie Fagan in 2015.

Under Reighard, eight individual student-athletes have made it to the NCAA regional championships. In 2018, Denelle Pedrick became the first in CMU history to qualify twice for the NCAA championships.