Pine Tree suspends AD/FB Coach Derek Fitzhenry.
Friday, 6th September 2013 - 4:09PM
Updated with latest statement from Pine Tree I.S.D.

From: Vickie Echols
Sent: Thursday, September 5, 2013 (4:10pm)
Subject: Revised statement from PTISD regarding Coach Derek Fitzhenry

Revised statement from PTISD regarding Coach Derek Fitzhenry:

Because this is a personnel issue, the school district is legally and ethically bound not to provide details.

The district is, however looking into the issue and it will be addressed at the regular School Board meeting on Monday, Sept. 9th.

No decisions have been made regarding the status of Coach Derek Fitzhenry. Pursuant to board policy at this time, he has been placed on administrative leave.

Vickie Echols

Director of Communication
Pine Tree ISD A Tradition of Excellence for All


Pine Tree AD/Football Coach Derek Fitzhenry has been suspended for an alleged shoving incident with a student trainer.

No details yet on the length of suspension or the next step in this process.

I was told by an assistant coach on staff that Fitzhenry has been suspended and not fired. Another assistant told, "we're about to have a staff meeting and make decisions on what we do for this week, but other than that, I can't comment."

Fitzhenry has not returned calls to David Smoak at this time.

Pine Tree opened their football season with a 42-38 win against Van.

Reagan Roy of KETK, NBC56 first reported this story on

We'll try and bring you details as we get them.

David Smoak

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