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UPDATE: In light of Fitzhenry suspension, PT OC will act as head coach VS Center
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — First reported by KETK, according to multiple sources, Pine Tree Head Football Coach and Athletic Director, Derek Fitzhenry, has been suspended until further notice.
Action is being taken against Fitzhenry for allegedly pushing a student after Pine Tree's win over Van, Friday night, in Longview.
Fitzhenry was not at the Pirates' football practice, Wednesday, and was not on campus Thursday.
Pine Tree offensive coordinator, Derrick Hennigan, will serve as acting head coach.
Thursday morning, Pine Tree ISD provided KETK with the following statement regarding the incident:
Because this is a personnel issue, the school district is legally and ethically bound not to provide details. The district is, however looking into the issue and it will be addressed at the next regular School Board meeting on Monday, September 9th.
After exclusively providing the previous statement to KETK, PTISD released the following formal statement to the public:
No decisions have been made regarding the status of Coach Derek Fitzhenry. Pursuant to board policy at this time, he has been placed on administrative leave.
Details are limited, but KETK will update information as it becomes available.