UIL Suspends Head Coach Following Umpire Confrontation

August 17, 2021 / Athletic AdministrationCoachingFootball
The University Interscholastic League (UIL) has suspended a Texas high school football coach nine games after an incident with an umpire.

According to a report from KLTV.com, Hawkins ISD head baseball coach Derrick Conde will miss two football games, two basketball games, and five baseball games for the upcoming 2021-22 school year in addition to being placed on probation for three years.

uilThe punishment stems from an incident where Conde ran up to an umpire following a call and began yelling at him, bumping chests with the official in the process, according to KLTV.com. The official ejected Conde and following the game, Conde bumped shoulders with the umpire and share his displeasure about the call, according to testimony from the UIL State Executive Committee.

During that meeting, the UIL State Executive Committee also denied an appeal of ejection from Conde.

The Texas coach’s suspension includes practices leading up to each game. The suspensions for the football and basketball teams do not include practices, according to KLTV.com.

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Hawkins ISD issued the following statement on behalf of Conde that KLTV.com shared.

“Coach Conde is remorseful of the events that happened. He is committed to fulfilling the sanctions that the UIL has given him and that the district is ready to compile with the UIL. Hawkins ISD has the utmost respect for the UIL. We will do everything in our power to make sure the UIL guidelines are met.”

To read the full story from KLTV.com on the Texas high school coach being suspended, click here