CENTER TWP. -- The Central Valley School District administration has announced that football coach Mark Lyons has been suspended for two games.
The suspension comes in the aftermath of Wednesday's hearing before the WPIAL.
The hearing was held because Central Valley had reported itself to the WPIAL after an internal investigation regarding Lyons and the father of two-way lineman Tyler Beatrice.
Tyler Beatrice's transfer from Blackhawk to Central Valley has not been an issue. His transfer was approved by the WPIAL in May. But Wednesday's hearing was called because Lyons may have had discussions about hiring Tyler Beatrice's father, Tony Beatrice, as an assistant coach if his son transferred to Central Valley.
After Wednesday's hearing, the WPIAL commended Central Valley for its findings and deferred to Central Valley to handle the matter internally.
The Central Valley administration responded by suspending Lyons for two games.
"As a member of good standing in the WPIAL, the Central Valley School District felt an obligation to bring to the attention of the WPIAL concerns over possible contact between our football coach and the parents of one of our student/athletes," Central Valley Superintendent Nick Perry said in a statement. "In response to the district's report of information received by the district concerning communication between coach Mark Lyons and the Beatrice family, the WPIAL came to a determination that Tyler Beatrice has been ruled eligible.
"In addition, as a result of their response, the district has suspended coach Mark Lyons for the next two games starting with this upcoming Monday to include the West Allegheny and Moon games," Perry added. "The district has and will always do the right thing as a member of good standing with the WPIAL."
Lyons will be on the sideline Friday when the Warriors (3-0) host Blackhawk (1-2). But he can't coach the next two weeks, a stretch that includes a Sept. 27 Parkway Conference showdown at West Allegheny (3-0) and an Oct. 4 game at Moon (2-1).
In another WPIAL decision regarding a Beaver County football player, the WPIAL ruled that running back Khalil Caracter, who transferred from Freedom to Beaver, is eligible.
However, Caracter must sit out at least one more game and maybe two pending academic and school attendance issues.