With the Archdiocese of Philadelphia lifting his suspension Wednesday, Pope John Paul II baseball coach John Duffy will be back on the bench Thursday afternoon for the PIAA Class AAA state quarterfinal against Northeastern.
Duffy, who had to sit out four games for his actions during the May 14 loss to Methacton in the Pioneer Athletic Conference championship game, will return in a limited capacity.
"Coach Duffy has not been formally reinstated as the head coach," archdiocese spokesman Kenneth Gavin wrote in an e-mail. "He is being permitted to attend the remaining state-championship games, but is confined to the dugout and may only serve as an assistant coach. His verbal interactions will be limited to the dugout only."