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Tarpon Springs baseball coach suspended

Dan Genna, the baseball coach at Tarpon Springs, has been suspended for three weeks after holding practice Sunday, a violation of Florida High School Athletic Association rules.

Genna also was found to have violated rules in regards to preseason conditioning drills, in which coaches are not allowed to instruct and equipment such as bats and balls cannot be used.

Tarpon Springs discovered the latter violation while investigating a parent's complain about the Sunday practice.

"(County athletic director) Nick Grasso got a call Sunday, and he called me Sunday night," said Tarpon Springs athletic director Wayne McKnight. "(On) Monday, we investigated the claims and have sent two letters to the FHSAA verifying those facts."

By self-reporting and imposing its own punishment, Tarpon Springs is likely to avoid any further punishment from the FHSAA.

Genna did not return a phone call or e-mail seeking comment. McKnight said Genna was unhappy with the decision to suspend, saying the punishment did not fit the crime.

Genna admitted to holding an informal and optional batting practice.

"It was an optional practice,'' McKnight said, "but that is a moot point. You can't practice on Sundays."

When asked if Genna had previously held Sunday practices, McKnight said, "This is the only one we've verified."

Genna missed his first game Thursday night, a loss to East Lake. He will miss five more games and is expected to return for the start of the Dunedin Spring Classic, March 29-April 4.

Assistant Mark Wilson will serve as head coach until he returns.

Tarpon Springs baseball coach suspended 03/14/08 [Last modified: Friday, March 21, 2008 9:42am]

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