Kerstyn Bolton, until now head girls basketball coach of the Benton Cardinals, has resigned.
The move comes amid a storm of public interest surrounding an early January video that depicts her lecturing a student-athlete on the student’s report of head pain to an athletic trainer.
News-Press NOW learned of the video on Tuesday after it first came to the attention of officials in the St. Joseph School District central office last Friday. According to Dr. Gabe Edgar, assistant superintendent of business and operations, the district opened an investigation on Monday morning and there had been an expectation it would conclude on that day.
Dr. Doug Van Zyl, superintendent of schools, declined to directly answer questions about the video on Wednesday, citing the sensitive nature of personnel matters.
“When the district received a copy of the video and became aware of the incident, we engaged in a prompt and thorough investigation,” Van Zyl said in written statement. “We have followed district policies and procedures and have handled this personnel matter appropriately. As this situation involves district personnel there will be no additional comments regarding this matter.”
The district has not yet publicly confirmed that Bolton is departing as head coach, but the position appeared on the district’s public job listings on Wednesday morning, and multiple sources indicate she resigned on Wednesday. The role of BHS head girls basketball coach stopped appearing on the job board later that day.
As with many personnel matters, any resignation would not be official until acted upon by the Board of Education, presumably at its next meeting on Monday, Aug. 24.
Bolton was introduced as Benton’s head girls basketball coach May 8, 2018. She took over after spending three seasons as an assistant coach under Brett Goodwin, helping lead the Cardinals to a 2016 championship and undefeated season.
Goodwin stepped down in 2018 to become the school’s athletic director after leading the program since 2001.
Benton went 23-3 her first season at the helm, winning a district title before losing in the Class 4 sectionals to Lincoln Prep. She coached multiple players who signed to play college basketball, including Mia Henderson, Bailey Russell, Gabby Fuller and Jayde Williams.
A young Cardinals squad full of freshmen and sophomores went 11-17 last season, falling to Kearney in the Class 4 District 16 finals. As a player, Bolton was part of the Cardinals’ state championship in 2007.
Benton will be the second city school to undergo a girls basketball coaching change after Central parted ways with Jared Boone in March.
Bolton has yet to respond to requests for comment.