It’s been a turbulent year for Pine-Richland football, but a sense of normalcy may be returning.
Former head coach Eric Kasperowicz is dropping his lawsuit against the Pine-Richland school district, 93.7 The Fan’s Andrew Limberg and Shelby Cassesse reported. It could be setting up a return for the former PIAA-winning coach at P-R.
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Kasperowicz was let go in April of last year, with claims of bullying and hazing within the football program serving as the catalyst. He denied the claims, as did much of the P-R football team.
Limberg and Cassesse shared a statement from Kasperowicz’s lawyer Joel Sansone, outlining why Kasperowicz is why withdrawing his lawsuit.
“Although Coach Kasperowicz continues to maintain that the allegations made against him are untrue and unfounded, in order to eliminate any impediment to his being interviewed for that position, and, more broadly, in order to help heal the divisions that were caused by his termination and the negative impact this situation has caused to the football team, the school district and the Pine-Richland community, Coach K will forgo any claims that he has against the district and these individuals based on the failure to renew his coaching contract. The coach feels that the time is now to bring the community back together to pursue the most important goal of any school district, which is to provide a healthy, safe environment in which to educate the students of the district, including the student athletes, for whom Eric Kasperowicz has dedicated all of his efforts as coach of the football program.”
Kasperowicz led Pine-Richland to four WPIAL titles and two PIAA titles in his eight seasons at the helm of Rams’ football. With an 85-18 record during that span, P-R was a pillar of WPIAL football and one of the strongest teams in the state.
Kasperowicz’s replacement, Steve Campos, spent one season with Pine-Richland and led the Rams to a 7-5 season and WPIAL Class-5A semifinals loss following a turbulent 0-3 start. Campos stepped down in December, citing lingering health problems.
It’s possible that Kasperowicz could be back on the Pine-Richland sideline next season, having spent this season as a volunteer assistant at Pitt.