By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pine-Richland School Board has scheduled a special meeting to go through football coach applicants.
It comes after they didn’t renew the contracts of former head coach Eric Kasperowicz or his staff, resulting in an uproar and two lawsuits.
A notice sent out Monday says the board scheduled a special meeting for June 2 at 6 p.m. in the high school auditorium. “The purpose of the meeting is to take action on the recommended candidate for varsity head football coach and other potential positions,” the notice says.
KDKA was told the new coach will be someone outside of the original staff.
The district cited hazing, “rites of passage” and intimidation — “particularly in the locker room for years” — among the reasons not to renew Kasperowicz’s contract.
The superintendent told KDKA there were also coaching administration issues and Kasperowicz was unwilling to take any responsibility during a meeting with school administrators.
An attorney for Kasperowicz announced earlier this month that he’d be filing two lawsuits over the district’s decision. His attorney said while “there undoubtedly has been bullying and hazing at Pine-Richland as in every other school in America,” there’s no evidence Kasperowicz did anything wrong.
His attorney also accused the board president and superintendent of running a scheme to get rid of Kasperowicz.
Despite efforts to the contrary, the superintendent has said that Kasperowicz will not be getting his job back.