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Greensburg Central Catholic suspends boys basketball coach

| Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, 1:45 p.m.

The Diocese of Greensburg will abide by WPIAL recommendations and suspend Greensburg Central Catholic boys basketball coach Greg Bisignani for three games for his actions in a game Jan. 18 involving an official.

Sister Mary Norbert Long, S.C., interim administrator of the school, issued a statement that Bisignani, who the WPIAL Board of Control said made physical contact with an official after the game, will miss Friday's game at Springdale, Monday's game against Riverview and Tuesday's game with Serra Catholic.

Bisignani denied making contact with the offiical during testimony at Monday's hearing.

The WPIAL said the basketball team would miss the WPIAL playoffs this season if GCC didn't follow the recommendations.

“We did not want to jeopardize the boys' opportunity to participate in this year's WPIAL playoffs, which was the penalty if Greensburg Central Catholic did not abide by the WPIAL sanctions,” Sister Mary Norbert said. “However, I want to be clear that we do not condone inappropriate conduct by anyone associated with our athletic programs.”

Per the WPIAL disciplinary measures, the school will certify in writing by Aug. 1, that Bisignani has successfully completed an ACEP (American Coaching Education Program) containing a sportsmanship component; the school will ensure that an administrator or administrative designee is present at all boys basketball games effective immediately through the end of the 2014-15 season; and the school will submit, by Feb. 10, a written corrective action plan to ensure that all of its coaches refrain from inappropriate interaction with PIAA game officials in all sports.

GCC also acknowledges the WPIAL's public censure of Bisignani for his conduct and of the school for failing to provide a supervisory presence at the game in question, and that the boys basketball program has been placed on probation through the end of the 2014-15 season.

The WPIAL Board of Control hearing panel unanimously approved the sanctions after a Jan. 27 hearing.

Paul Schofield is staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at pschofield@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.

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