Sacred Heart suspends coach after sideline incident with player

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Sacred Heart coach Bob Bertucci was suspended indefinitely following an altercation with a player this weekend.

The university announced Saturday that Bertucci has been suspended pending an investigation because of an incident during the team’s three-game loss to Princeton on Friday.

“We are aware of an incident last night between coach Bertucci and one of our student-athletes,” Deputy Director of Athletics Charlie Dowd said in a statement. “The welfare of our student-athletes is of the utmost importance, and we are investigating the matter.”


The altercation, which was televised on the ESPN+ online broadcast of the match, occurred during a timeout with Sacred Heart trailing midway through the third game. Bertucci on the video feed appears to approach a player sitting on the bench and potentially came in contact with the player before another Sacred Heart teammate stepped in between the coach and player.

Off the Block has opted not to publish the name of the player involved in the incident.

Bertucci is in the fourth season as the Sacred Heart head coach and has compiled a 21-62 career record.

The suspension was issued before the start of Sacred Heart’s regular season finale against Princeton on Saturday. The Pioneers lost in three games to the Tigers with Dowd serving as their interim head coach.

Sacred Heart finished the regular season in last place in the EIVA and did not qualify for the six-team conference tournament.