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Coastal Carolina suspends men’s golf coach after arrest on domestic-violence charge

Kevin McPherson arrest

Kevin McPherson, the head men’s golf coach at Coastal Carolina, was indefinitely suspended from his position Wednesday after being arrested on charges of misdemeanor second-degree domestic violence that morning.

The incident began shortly after midnight Tuesday when Horry County (S.C.) Police responded to a complaint from McPherson’s wife of two years. According to The Sun News‘ Alan Blondin, the police report stated that McPherson’s wife accused her husband of assaulting her at a private boat landing after an argument. She added, according to Blondin’s reading of the police report, that McPherson has assaulted her in the past.

Also according to Blondin, the police report revealed the wife’s story of how she said the assault occurred. She alleged McPherson grabbed her by the throat and lifted her from the deck of a boat, restricting her breathing, then threw her, causing the right side of her face to strike the boat. She had apparent swelling to the right side of her face, a black eye and red marks on the right side of her neck.

McPherson, 36, was arrested after his wife’s original complaint and brought to a detention center, where he was booked before 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. He was released before 6 p.m. Wednesday after a bond hearing and his posting of 10 percent of his $2,500 bond, according to Blondin.

McPherson is forbidden from contacting his wife before his next court appearance.

McPherson’s attorney, Amy Lawrence of the Lovely Law Firm, said the couple had been separated recently, adding that the complaint is a ploy designed to secure alimony.

As Lawrence stated at the hearing, according to Blondin, “It disgusts me that by doing this (McPherson’s wife) takes the voice away from real victims of criminal domestic violence.”

McPherson’s sister Kristy, a 35-year-old professional golfer with 16 career top-10s on the LPGA since joining the circuit in 2007, also came to the Coastal Carolina coach’s defense.

Regarding her older brother, Kristy was unequivocal in how she viewed the situation.

“I’m 100 percent certain that Kevin’s name will be cleared,” Kristy said.

McPherson has been at the helm of the Chanticleers program since September 2013. He had been an assistant on the Augusta State national-title squads of 2010 and ’11 and would spend the following two years as the head coach of the Jaguars.

McPherson’s Coastal Carolina group finished third and fourth, respectively, in the Big South Conference in 2014 and ’15. During the 2015-16 season, the Chanticleers were dealing with sanctions from the previous regime that finally came down in September and included one year of probation, recruiting restrictions, vacation of certain golf records and a $5,000 fine. Some of the penalties had been self-imposed. The team  finished ninth in the Big South this season.

In McPherson’s absence, assistant coach Chad Wilson will handle all administrative and program responsibilities. It has not been disclosed whether McPherson’s suspension is with or without pay.

– Information from Myrtle Beach Online was used in this report

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