Neshaminy Coach Returns to Classroom

But Jerry Devine still suspended from sidelines for apparent head-butting incident.


The Neshaminy basketball coach who drew national attention for apparently head-butting a referee during a game has returned to his teaching position, officials said, but remains suspended from coaching.

The Bucks County Courier Times reports that Jerry Devine is returning to his teaching position “effective immediately.” But the Jan. 5 incident in which he sent a referee tumbling to the ground is still under investigation by the Bucks County District Attorney, and his suspension from coach remains indefinite.

6ABC offers the full statement from the Neshaminy school district:

“Neshaminy High School teacher Jerry Devine is returning to his teaching position at the high school effective immediately.

“Mr. Devine had been on administrative leave since an incident at a varsity basketball game on January 5, 2016 involving himself and a referee. At that time he was also indefinitely suspended as head coach of the boys’ varsity basketball team. His status as coach remains unchanged.

“As this is still an ongoing personnel matter, the District will not be releasing any additional information about this case at this time.”

No timeline for determining possible charges has been announced.