Former Pine-Richland High School football coach Eric Kasperowicz has withdrawn a federal lawsuit against the district.
Kasperowicz’s attorney Joel Sansone said they are withdrawing the lawsuit with the district currently looking to hire a new football coach.
A release by Sansone states:
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.
The Pine-Richland School District elected to not renew the contracts of Kasperowicz and his coaching staff in April last year, surprising the coaches, students and the Pine-Richland community citing bullying and hazing incidents among other issues that happened during Kasperowicz's tenure as coach.
Allegations that Kasperowicz vehemently denied and continues to to this day.
Kasperowicz turned the Rams into a force in the WPIAL and state, winning four WPIAL titles and two PIAA Championships.
Kasperowicz, a teacher at North Hills High School, is one of the most successful coaches in the WPIAL. He has a record of 85-18, that’s a .825 winning percentage.
Last season’s head coach Steve Campos, who helped lead the Rams to the post season, stepped down in December, citing lingering health issues for his reason for departure.
Four of Pine-Richland's school board seats flipped in last November's election.