HS football coach Mark Guandolo suspended for punching QB in helmet | Bob's Blitz

HS football coach Mark Guandolo suspended for punching QB in helmet

Sam Gardner reports, "Mark Guandolo’s Cypress Bay (FL) team was trailing American Heritage 14-7 in the second quarter of a nationally televised 38-14 loss Sunday when Cypress Bay senior quarterback Lucas Tellefsen overthrew an open receiver on third down."

He was confronted by three coaches for his miss-throw. Guandolo held it for so long you can just taste it but then...Bam!

Gardner continues:

According to the Sun-Sentinel, Broward County Schools on Monday suspended 55-year-old Guandolo for three days of work — he is a physical education teacher at the school — as well as two weeks of athletic activities.

"I expect every staff member to adhere to the highest professional standards in every aspect of their interactions with our students, " Broward Schools Superintendent Robert W. Runcie told the paper in a statement.

Added Guandolo: "It’s disappointing and it’s not something I’m proud of. I have great respect for the kid."

It’s unknown whether Guandolo could face further penalties for the slap, but the quarterback’s father said he does not want to see any further punishment levied against the coach.

"It’s a non-issue," Eric Tellefsen told the Sun-Sentinel. "We’re 110 percent fine with this. We don’t want anything to happen to Coach G. He means the world to the school and this football team and he wants nothing but the best for these kids. It’s an unfortunate circumstance.

"... He’s coached two of my older sons that are in college on football scholarships. There’d be a line wrapped around the corner if you called his players and wanted to know what he’s done for them."

Shortly after making contact with the quarterback’s helmet, Guandolo can be seen reaching to grab Tellefsen as the camera cuts back to game action. According to Eric Tellefsen, Guandolo was giving his son a hug that was not seen on television.

"I was trying to get him ready and fire him up," Guandolo told the Sun-Sentinel. "It was his first start ever and emotions were running high. He had people coming at him and there’s no easy way to get him ready for that.

"I was just trying to fire him up, but you can’t do it in today’s day and age."

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