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|GHS Boys Basketball Assistant Resigns After DUI Arrest
|updated 10:25 a-m, 1/14/9 The top assistant coach for the Galesburg High School boys basketball team has quit the position following an alcohol-related arrest last month.
Galesburg High School Athletic Director Ralph Henning says Al Denison resigned for personal reasons. Henning says the school respects that and won't comment further. Denison, a former coach at Rock Island, Cambridge and elsewhere, was picked up by police on Interstate 74 in Knox County on December 30th and arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. Reports indicate Denison was behind the wheel of a van rented by the school that did not have any players in it.
The school district reportedly received Denison's letter of resignation late last week. The coach was not at Saturday's Galesburg boys basketball game at Peoria Manual, because Henning says, he was scouting a future opponent. Henning says the move was cleared by school officials last Friday, and that outside people scout for GHS all the time. Denison's resignation is expected to be on the agenda for the February District 205 School Board meeting.
Henning praised the coach. "Coach Denison has done an excellent job working with Coach (Mike) Reynolds and the team from last spring to the present, and his loss, especially in mid-season, will be tough on the program."
Henning says right now he and Reynolds are looking at ideas for covering some of Denison's regular duties, most likely with the present staff. Henning says he's confident the coaches will pitch in and do the best they can given the circumstances.
Denison is scheduled to make a first appearance in Knox County Circuit Court on February 2nd.
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