Parent allegedly injures son’s basketball coach

A Tyrone man faces charges over an alleged run-in with his son’s basketball coach.

Robert P. Zeiders, 42, of 14048 S. Eagle Valley Road is charged with assault on a sports official, a first-degree misdemeanor, as well as misdemeanor simple assault and summary harassment after Tyrone Area School District police contend he assaulted the district’s junior high basketball coach, Douglas Thomas.

According to charges filed before Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller, Zeiders allegedly confronted Thomas on Feb. 7 after the team returned to the Tyrone Area High School gym following an away game. Police said Zeiders’ issue with Thomas was his son’s ineligibility and previous lack of playing time.

Because it was cold outside, and Thomas wanted more privacy to talk with Zeiders, Thomas accompanied Zeiders inside the gym’s lobby, but police noted Thomas saw Zeiders “was not calming down.”

Police said Thomas told Zeiders the meeting was over, and he tried to leave.

At that point, Zeiders allegedly shoved Thomas. Police said Zeiders wouldn’t leave and Thomas was forced to protect himself “from the defendant’s advancements, which occurred for several minutes,” Tyrone Area School District Police officer Robert L. Dick Jr. wrote in the affidavit of probable cause.

Police said Zeiders left the school after a witness came in from outside and told him the police had been called.

Thomas suffered a shoulder injury, police said, and he sought treatment at Tyrone Hospital after the alleged incident. Zeiders did not return a call Tuesday asking for comment on the charges.

Charges were mailed via a summons, and Zeiders remains free with a preliminary hearing slated for March 11.