Coach fired for confronting ref pleads guilty to harassment

LANGHORNE, Pa. (WPVI) -- A suburban Philadelphia high school basketball coach who was fired for physically confronting a referee has pleaded guilty to a harassment citation.

Court records show former Neshaminy coach Jerry Devine pleaded guilty by mailing in the citation and paying a $300 fine plus $156 in courts cost.

He did that Jan. 27, a day after the school board in Bucks County voted to remove Devine as head coach of the boys' varsity team.

Devine was ejected after physically confronting a referee Jan. 5 after a foul call. He was suspended from his coaching duties, but was allowed to return to his job as a special education teacher.

Prosecutors eventually recommended the harassment citation for Devine, saying there was no attempt to cause injury when he pushed down the referee.

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

The Jan. 5 incident happened with less than a minute in the game between Neshaminy High School and Pennsbury High School.

Two separate videos provide two angles.

Both show Neshaminy head coach Jerry Devine making physical contact with one of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) officials after an offensive foul call, and the referee falling to the ground.

One video obtained by Action News courtesy of shows the incident from a relatively close angle.

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New video obtained by Action News Wednesday morning courtesy of shows the incident from a closer angle.

Some called it a head butt, others a chest bump.

Action News obtained another video of the game through radio station WBCB 1490 AM.

Devine was ejected from the game after the incident happened. The referee got up off the floor and finished the final moments of the game.


Videos courtesy of WBCB 1490 AM and


Information from the Associated Press was used in this post.
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