Lindholm resigns as Central girls basketball coach

Sports top ten story No. 06

It caught everyone off guard when Central High School girls basketball coach Matt Lindholm abruptly resigned on Feb. 10 with three games remaining in the regular season.

The Warriors had compiled a 16-3 record, were unbeaten in the Southwestern League and were ranked sixth in the state when Lindolm tendered his coaching resignation to Central
Principal Jody Frost and Athletic Director Paul Cain the Sunday after two weekend victories.

Lindholm was put on administrative leave and ultimately resigned his teaching position on Feb. 25, the Daily Sentinel’s No. 6 sports story of the year. He was eventually charged on March 4 with sexual assault on a child by a person in position of trust and sexual assault on a child as a pattern of abuse. He was charged in connection with having an inappropriate relationship with one of his basketball players.

Frost selected Cain, who had a basketball coaching background, as the interim head coach to close out the season. The Warriors, who won the league title, advanced to the second round of the 5A state playoffs, where they lost to eventual state champion Highlands Ranch.

On July 30 Lindholm pleaded guilty to attempted sexual assault on a child. On Oct. 6 he was sentenced to five years of probation. As part of the plea agreement, he was forced to register as a sex offender.

In May, Central announced that Todd Dixon had been hired to replace Lindholm as Central girls basketball coach.


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