Statewide High School Coaches Show Support for Fired Pine-Richland Coach Eric Kasperowicz
The overwhelming public support for fired Pine-Richland football coach Eric Kasperowicz continues, with the latest round coming from his fellow high school coaches and administrators across the state of Pennsylvania.
Since firing him last week, the Pine-Richland administration has opened the football coaching position and a local coach is urging potential interested candidates to boycott it.
Gateway football coach and athletic director Don Holl sent an email to members of the Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Association urging them not to apply for the opening at Pine-Richland. This request from Hall has been met with widespread support throughout Western Pennsylvania.
Kiski Area football stands with our 5A- Section 3 brothers @CoachKasper and the @PRRamsFootball staff!@CoachDonHoll1 pic.twitter.com/QkedAigpxp
— Kiski Area Football (@kiskifootball) April 18, 2021
I’m in! @CoachDonHoll1 @CoachKasper @PRRamsFootball pic.twitter.com/zZlOKP46O4
— Barons Football (@CoachHahnMCFB) April 18, 2021
We stand with @CoachKasper @PRRamsFootball
Great leader of young men, phenomenal husband and father!!! We support you coach!!! pic.twitter.com/25wKnRqK0o
— kdawgswift (@kdawgswift) April 18, 2021
We stand with @CoachKasper @PRRamsFootball Great leader of young men, phenomenal husband and father!!! We support you coach!!! pic.twitter.com/P0f1sUxySR
— Coachgibbs M.ED (@coachPJGibbs) April 18, 2021
Blackhawk Football stands with @CoachKasper and the Pine Richland Football staff. #Finish @CoachDonHoll1 pic.twitter.com/ACPRklDvIB
— Zack Hayward (@CoachHayward) April 18, 2021
@PRRamsFootball @CoachKasper pic.twitter.com/tfCpwHoOJz
— Spring-Ford Football (@SFRamsFB) April 18, 2021
Central Valley Football Staff stand with @CoachKasper and his staff. #finish @CoachDonHoll1 pic.twitter.com/HHxN7liNZc
— Mark Lyons (@CoachLyonsCVfb) April 18, 2021
I stand with coach K @CoachDonHoll1 @CoachKasper pic.twitter.com/cnhTPgXnTT
— Matt Morgan (@pitt75panther) April 17, 2021
This movement started by Holl is being done with the hope that the administration at Pine-Richland reconsiders the firing and brings Kasperowicz back. Kasperowicz has told Pittsburgh Sports Now that he has in fact re-applied for his old job.
This firing has created headlines across Western Pennsylvania due to the exact reason it occurred. While hazing within the program has been mentioned, no one has brought any evidence to support that claim. The pro-Kasperowicz side has claimed this was a witch hunt and the firing occurred because of a personal vendetta for Kasperowicz.
In eight seasons as head coach at Pine-Richland, Kasperowicz went 85-18, winning four WPIAL Titles and two state titles.