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Months after winning state title, Beech Grove coach Mike Renfro arrested on drug charges


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State championship-winning Beech Grove basketball coach Mike Renfro is suspended from his teaching and coaching positions “pending further investigation” following his arrest Sunday in Henry County.

Renfro, 45, faces two felony charges — one for dealing cocaine between one and five grams and another for possession of cocaine. He also faces charges for operating a vehicle while intoxicated and public intoxication. Renfro was released on bond Tuesday and his initial hearing is set for Aug. 30 in New Castle.

Beech Grove superintendent Laura Hammack issued a statement directed to Beech Grove families and staff Wednesday night and released the same statement to IndyStar Thursday morning, writing she is “deeply troubled by these allegations.”


Renfro, a former star basketball player at Beech Grove who went on to play at Hofstra under Jay Wright, led Beech Grove to a Class 3A state title last season. It was a scene seemingly made for Hollywood after Renfro, a former assistant under Matt English, took over the program in 2018 when English died after a battle with brain cancer.

Renfro led the Hornets to sectional titles in his first three seasons before breaking through last year and leading Beech Grove to its first state championship in program history. Renfro was named the Marion County coach of the year.

““The vision was the same for (English) and I,” Renfro said after the state championship game. “We’re kind of the same men, you know. We’re tough-nosed, hard-nosed, blue-collar guys. That’s what I try to instill in my team. They are a blue-collar team that just won a state championship.”

Hammack said in her statement that Renfro “passed all criminal and other background checks during the hiring process.”

Beech Grove and the circumstances around their recent state championship was a real "feel good" story for Indiana high school basketball.   How disappointing it had to be fouled this way.


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