Suspended South Florida high school coach issues statement
Mark Guandolo suspended for two weeks
Cypress Bay head coach Mark Guandolo issued a statement Monday apologizing for his actions that caused him to get a two week suspension after hitting one of his football players on Sunday.
“I want to take this opportunity to apologize for my actions on the sideline this past Sunday. My actions unfortunately took away from the spotlight of the incredible academic and athletic programs we have worked so hard to create at Cypress Bay High School. I accept full responsibility and any resulting discipline that administration deems appropriate for my sideline conduct.
During the last 30 years of coaching, I have dedicated my life toward providing young men and women with the tools to become successful. Those tools and their application drive me every day. My sincerest thanks to everyone who has offered their support and prayers. Again, I apologize for my actions.”
In a time out during Cypress Bay's game vs. American Heritage on Sunday, ESPN cameras caught Guandolo punching the head of quarterback Lucas Tellefsen with the heel of the palm of his hand.
"I expect every staff member to adhere to the highest professional standards in every aspect of their interactions with our students,” wrote Broward Schools Superintendent Robert W. Runcie in a statement on Monday.
Most spectators at the game were oblivious to what happened, but were stunned when Local 10 showed them the video that had gone viral.
“That’s a football play, you know. He could've slapped him across the helmet for a good play. We would have never known," said football fan Tavares McBurrows.
“Unnecessary. Really unnecessary," said one parent, Marie Nirenburg.
Guandolo has been suspended from his position as a physical education teacher for three days and two weeks from all school athletic activities.