Neshaminy High School coach Jerry Devine has been placed on administrative leave by his employer after making contact with an official after a call on Tuesday night.
The school released a statement to address the incident on Wednesday:
“Mr. Devine has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of that review for both his teaching and coaching positions. The athletic program at Neshaminy places the values of fair play and sportsmanlike conduct above all. We expect our coaches and staff to teach and uphold those principles, while acting in a professional manner at all times.”
Even if Devine had not been placed on leave by the school, the PIAA ruled that he would not be allowed to coach in the team’s next game. As it stands, Devine will be closely monitored for the rest of the season, if the school decides to let him coach again.
“The coach is minimally disqualified from the next game and the school has been notified to report what additional corrective actions and penalties they will take in regard to this unacceptable act,” the PIAA statement read, via Bucks Country Courier Times. “The safety of players, officials and team personnel is our highest priority. Actions such as this will not be tolerated. We will monitor this situation to ensure safety of all participants.”
Devine has been the head basketball coach at Neshaminy for 10 years, even coaching current Villanova senior Ryan Arcidiacono. He also teaches History and Algebra at the school.