With the Archdiocese of Philadelphia lifting his suspension Wednesday, Pope John Paul II baseball coach John Duffy will be back on the bench for Thursday afternoon's PIAA Class AAA state quarterfinal against Northeastern.
Duffy, who had to sit out four games for his actions during the team's 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 of Philadelphia spokesman Kenneth Gavin wrote in an email to The Inquirer. "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."
Duffy, 40, will assist acting Golden Bears head coach Kevin O'Brien against Northeastern, District 3's third-place qualifier, in a 4 p.m. contest at Wenger Field in Fredericksburg. Duffy was with the squad for Wednesday evening's practice.