CMU Presents Investigation Findings to Suspended Gymnastics Coach

MT. PLEASANT – The Central Michigan University athletic department announced Wednesday that it has presented findings of an internal investigation to gymnastics head coach Jerry Reighard, who has been on paid administrative leave since Feb. 20 following allegations that he directed a student-athlete to provide false information about an injury to medical staff determining the student-athlete’s ability to compete.

Reighard now has two weeks to respond to the 121-page report. The school says it will issue its final determination regarding Reighard’s job status after his response or at the end of the two-week period.

CMU’s investigation involved two dozen interviews and included interviews with current team members. An interview with Reighard took place on Thursday, March 28.

Reighard took over CMU’s program in 1984 and has amassed more than 500 wins over this tenure, leading the Chippewas to nine Mid-American Conference regular season titles, 16 MAC team championships and 16 NCAA regional tournament appearances. He has earned MAC Coach of the Year honors nine times.

Reighard earned a pair of degrees from CMU, with a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering and technology and a master’s in physical education and sport administration. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at CMU in 1975 before moving on to coach Ionia’s boys and girls gymnastics teams. He led the boys teams to MHSAA state championships in 1983 and 1984.