MHSAA to Suspend Harrison’s Minnoy

The Michigan High School Athletic Association is suspending first-year Harrison varsity boys basketball coach Nate Minnoy, citing undue influence of a student-athlete.

Minnoy’s suspension will take effect on Monday, Jan. 15. Until then, Minnoy can continue to coach the team.

Minnoy is eligible to coach other sports at Harrison and can return to coaching basketball in 2018-19.

A student-athlete who transferred to Harrison at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year is also suspended. Senior Deontae Balderas  is set to return on Jan. 15, but is only eligible for the regular season and cannot participate in the postseason.

Minnoy currently has legal guardianship of Balderas and fellow senior Tomas Teklegergis. Both athletes transferred to Harrison from Chicago before the start of the 2017-18 school year. Minnoy is originally from Chicago and coached in the area prior to taking a position with Harrison Schools.

A former college athlete, Minnoy began his playing career at Purdue before suffering an injury and transferring to Schoolcraft College. Minnoy then earned a scholarship with Central Michigan’s program during the 2007-08 season before eventually finishing out his collegiate career at NAIA institution Lee (Tenn.) University.

Minnoy later served as an assistant coach with Shepherd’s varsity boys program and as head coach of CMU’s club team.

The MHSAA’s Executive Committee will hear the case at its next monthly meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 10.

Categories: Boys Basketball