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Brashear, Uniontown coaches censured by WPIAL after soccer forfeits

| Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, 7:21 p.m.

The Canon-McMillan boys soccer team did nothing wrong.

That was the WPIAL Board of Control's ruling following claims to the contrary from Brashear coach Abby Phillips, who questioned the Big Macs' sportsmanship.

Phillips pulled her team off the field 14 minutes, 27 seconds into an away game Sept. 24 and criticized the officials.

She said that and “the mockery, the disrespect, the things coming out of the Canon-Mac players' mouths directed at my players,” contributed to her decision.

After meeting Monday and announcing its findings Tuesday morning, the Board of Control levied no penalties against Canon-McMillan.

Instead, the board essentially ruled that Phillips' accusations were baseless, and her actions were reckless.

“I'm glad the truth came out, and I'm glad it's over and done with,” Canon-McMillan coach Larry Fingers said. “We were shocked that we were accused of saying derogatory things.”

The WPIAL ordered Brashear's soccer coaches be censured — essentially a public rebuke; the soccer program be put on probation for one year; the principal and athletic director conduct a preseason meeting with coaches and players to review PIAA rules, regulations and sportsmanship expectations; and coaches attend a American Sport Education Program Principals course prior to Aug. 1, 2014.

Still upset at the initial accusations, Canon-McMillan athletic director Guy Montecalvo was relieved his coaches and players were cleared of any wrongdoing.

“I think the findings of the Board of Control speak volumes,” Montecalvo said.

Phillips' did not return a phone call seeking comment.

Brashear principal Angel Washington distanced herself from Phillips' accusations.

“I think that was Abby's stance, not necessarily Brashear's stance,” Washington said. “I wasn't there to witness the game, so I can't really comment for or against what happened. But I didn't see evidence of that in what I collected.”

Washington said Brashear will accept the sanctions and immediately implement the WPIAL's recommended course of action.

“I think our coaches need to be aware of the WPIAL standards,” Washington said. “We'll make sure that we do that a little more explicitly as we move forward.”

The second WPIAL Board of Control ruling dealt with Uniontown's game at Waynesburg Oct. 8, when Uniontown coach Eric Dolfi ordered his team onto the bus with about five minutes to go and the Red Raiders trailing 11-1.

Dolfi accused Waynesburg of excessively hard play, claiming one of his players suffered a bruised esophagus, another a dislocated hip.

But because of the decision, Uniontown's coaches were censured, Uniontown was placed on probation for one year and must follow the same sportsmanship program as Brashear.

Waynesburg must submit a plan on game management to address effective supervision of spectators and security at all home events. Uniontown and Waynesburg must also have administrators present at both home and away soccer games between the two schools for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

Jason Mackey is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at jmackey@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Mackey_Trib.

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