MHS suspends boys’ basketball coach

By Grant Guggisberg

When the Manhattan High boys’ basketball team takes the court at Emporia Saturday night, it will do so without head coach Tim Brooks.

Brooks confirmed Friday morning that he has been suspended pending the results of an internal investigation, with an update to his status coming as soon as Tuesday.

When asked about the cause of the investigation, Brooks declined to comment, only saying, “I believe it’s parent-driven.”

Manhattan High athletic director Mike Marsh also declined to go into specifics.

“At this time, the team is under the direction of Shane Sieben and Benjamin George while administration deals with a personnel issue,” Marsh said.

The Indians are 7-4 on the season and just finished play at the Tournament of Champions in Dodge City last weekend, where they took fourth.

Brooks, in his 10th season, has compiled a 111-95 record as head coach at Manhattan since the start of the 2004-05 season. Manhattan has advanced to the state tournament twice under Brooks, the first coming in the 2007-08 season and the second in 2009-10.

In 2008, Manhattan finished 20-3 and went to state as the top seed, led by Jackie Carmichael and Sam Kenney, but were upset by Lawrence in the opening round, 65-56.

In 2010, the Indians arrived at state as the No. 8 seed, led by leading scorer Zach Nelson, but lost to the top-seeded and eventual-champion Wichita Heights Falcons and then-sophomore Perry Ellis, 56-41.

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