Investigation begins at Liberty High

Former Basehor-Linwood High School girls’ basketball coach Noah Simpson has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into potential misconduct at Liberty High School.

According to Dallas Ackerman, director of communications for Liberty Public Schools in an interview with The Leavenworth Times, Simpson was placed on leave Thursday. An internal investigation is ongoing.

No criminal investigation has begun to the district’s knowledge, according to Ackerman. 

When asked if Simpson was still holding his current post as the head girls’ basketball coach at Liberty, Ackerman said the former Bobcat coach was on leave and unable to fulfill his coaching duties. However, Simpson’s employment as the Liberty coach and teacher has not been terminated as of yet.

Some media reports have stated Simpson has been suspended for alleged improper conduct with a student without attributing such information to a source. According to the policy of the Liberty schools in maintaining personnel privacy, this information did not come from Ackerman’s office or the school district.

“LPS takes any report of alleged misconduct seriously,” LPS said in a statement. “Expectations of our staff members are made clear, and board policies are in place should a situation arise. It is not the practice of Liberty Public Schools to comment on personnel matters. Investigations take time, and it is important to respect all involved.”

Simpson coached at Basehor-Linwood for five seasons, accumulating an 83-33 record with three sub-state championships and one losing record, according to the Basehor Sentinel. 

In 2011, he led the Bobcats to the Class 4A state finals and a third-place finish. He left the school the following year to take the same coaching job at Liberty.