School District dismisses SV coach after altercation with fan in the stands

ERIE, Pa. -- An Erie high school basketball coach who was suspended for going into the stands during a game will not return to the bench this season.

Strong Vincent girls basketball head coach Paul Przepierski, who is also a teacher at JoAnna Connell School, was suspended last week after a video showed him reportedly going into the stands during a game last Monday in Warren.

According to the school district spokeswoman Daria Devlin, Przepierski will not be coaching anymore this season. He will, however, return to his job as a physical education teacher.

With 1 minute, 46 seconds left in the game, Przepierski went into the stands after a witness said a fan started yelling at Przepierski, saying his players were being disrespectful to a Warren player who was injured. Przepierski reportedly yelled back at the fan, before the fan yelled an expletive. That's when Przepierski went into the stands.

According to fans at the game, there was shoving before the Warren Athletic Director and some Strong Vincent players broke up the incident. 

The Warren Times-Observer reported last week that the game was stopped for an injured player when the altercation started. Officials instructed Warren coaches and players to leave the gym. Warren was up 54-22 when the game was called.


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