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Published June 08 2011

Former athletic director once placed on leave receives job offer from Rothsay

ROTHSAY, Minn. – Lynn Peterson, who was placed on administrative leave by Staples-Motley High School earlier in the year, has been offered the Rothsay High athletic director position.

Rothsay School Board vice president Kevin Brenden said the district is waiting on Peterson to accept the offer.

“We had a lot of people who applied and had good qualifications,” Brenden said. “We interviewed him and he was our top choice.”

Peterson had been Staples-Motley’s dean of students, athletic director and head basketball coach until he was placed on administrative leave in February.

Though an investigation was done, the details were not released by the Staples-Motley School District, which cited data practice laws.

“We don’t have first-hand knowledge of all the accusations or the things that happened over in Staples,” Brenden said. “We were, I think, comfortable enough with our decision and like with any employee, you go through background checks.”

Peterson was placed on administrative leave until the end of the school year but resigned in April. Attempts to reach Peterson on Tuesday were not successful.

Peterson had been the boys basketball coach at Staples-Motley since 1979. He led the school to 11 state tournaments and two second-place finishes.

Peterson entered the 2010-11 season ranked fourth in career victories among boys basketball coaches in Minnesota State High School League history. He was also inducted into the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

In 2008, Peterson released an instructional basketball video called, “10 Building Blocks For Succeeding In High School Basketball.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Ryan S. Clark at (701) 241-5548.

Clark’s Force blog can be found at slightlychilled.areavoices.com