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Charges: Hermantown assistant coach stages beer party for golfers after state meet defeat

06/15/2012, 2:37pm CDT
By PAUL WALSH, Star Tribune

The 26-year-old assistant told an officer that many team members were upset about a close loss and admitted buying the booze for them, according to the charges.

A boys and girls assistant golf coach from Hermantown, Minn., seeking to help his athletes drown their sorrows over of a close defeat for the boys in the state tournament, staged for them and participated in a late-night beer and wine cooler party at a Shakopee hotel, according to charges filed Friday.

Kyle G. Ernst, 26, was charged by summons in Scott County District Court with two gross misdemeanors in connection with providing liquor to minors.

The boys and girls state tournaments were held this week at the Ridges at Sand Creek golf course in Jordan. On Wednesday, the Hermantown boys finished one stroke behind Detroit Lakes for the Class 2A team title.

School and athletic officials for Hermantown were not available to comment on the charges. Messages also have been left for Ernst seeking his reaction to the allegations.

According to the complaint:

Sometime after 3 a.m. Thursday, a police officer knocked on door of a Country Inn and Suites room that three female golfers were sharing. Ernst, appearing nervous and shaking, came out quickly and shut the door.

The assistant coach told the officer that many team members were upset about the close loss and admitted buying the booze for them, according to the charges. He also admitted being with the athletes for several hours and drinking beer with some of them, the charges continued.

Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482

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