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Belle Vernon Area, baseball coach face WPIAL hearing

| Friday, April 25, 2014, 12:16 a.m.
Rich Downer / The Valley Independent
Belle Vernon Area baseball coach Daryl Hixenbaugh.

Belle Vernon Area baseball coach Daryl Hixenbaugh, along with district administrators, will have a hearing with the WPIAL May 14 to discuss comments Hixenbaugh made about umpires after a 2-1 loss to West Mifflin April 17.

After the game, Hixenbaugh said, “The WPIAL puts these guys on a pedestal and gives them autonomy, but they are simply not very good. I have seen some truly horrible officiating this season.”

BVA's baseball program is already on probation for incidents that took place last season and in the 2012 PIAA playoffs.

WPIAL executive director Tim O'Malley said Hixenbaugh's comments about the game officials went beyond what is permitted to be said about officials to the media.

O'Malley said the WPIAL has a specific policy about what coaches can and cannot say and “(Hixenbaugh's) comments in the newspaper went beyond what is acceptable.”

Hixenbaugh said he had written a response, which was presented to the WPIAL before its board of control meeting Wednesday.

“All I did was answer a question from a reporter as honestly as I could,” Hixenbaugh said.

BVA athletic director Jesse Cramer said the WPIAL initially informed the district that Hixenbaugh's comments violated the probation.

However, Cramer added, “(Hixenbaugh made a general statement about umpires and he made it after the game, not during it. Daryl wasn't here for any of the other things that went on (that caused the probation), so I don't know what's going to happen.”

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