While 2021 wasn’t exactly a banner year for Pine-Richland from start to finish, 2022 already appears to be getting off to a better start.
Penn Hills head coach Jon LeDonne is expected to be named Pine-Richland’s next head coach at the P-R school board meeting tonight, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Mike White reported.
Looks like Jon LeDonne will indeed leave Penn Hills and be the new football coach at Pine-Richland.
He is on the agenda to be voted on tonight at Pine-Richland school board meeting. That should be a mere formality. pic.twitter.com/ZERlhfVob7
— Mike White (@mwhiteburgh) February 7, 2022
LeDonne, a former Aliquippa star and Shaler head coach between 2014-16, has spent the past five seasons at Penn Hills. Under his guidance, the Indians went 46-13 — punctuated by WPIAL and PIAA Class-5A titles in the 2018 season.
With now-Penn State star Daequan Hardy on the squad, Penn Hills’ 2018 team went 16-0 and knocked off West Allegheny in the WPIAL championship game and Manheim Central in the PIAA championship game.
Penn Hills went 8-4 in 2021, with losses to Pittsburgh Central Catholic, Gateway, Moon and Pine-Richland itself. Pine-Richland, under first-year coach Steve Campos, went 7-5 in 2021, rebounding from an 0-3 start.
With former head coach Eric Kasperowicz let go last April, amid claims of hazing and bullying among the football team, which were strongly denied by Kasperwicz and many players, P-R hired Campos to lead the team.
After Campos’s lone season at the helm of Rams’ football, he stepped down in December, citing health problems.
While it was an odd season for Pine-Richland, the Rams are just two years removed from an 85-18 stretch during Kasperowicz’s eight seasons — including four WPIAL and two PIAA titles.
With a WPIAL and PIAA winning coach again at the helm of Pine-Richland football, the Rams will look to get back to the previous heights seen under Kasprowicz. The P-R school board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight.