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Baldwin Football Parent Asks School Leaders to Review Coaching Staff

Fall sports coaches haven't been evaluated yet this year.

Jeff Ruscitto, a Whitehall Borough resident and a parent of two members of the Baldwin High School varsity football team, is not a fan of the team's current coaching situation.

Ruscitto took his concerns directly to the Baldwin-Whitehall School Board on Wednesday night, asking if district administration is considering the replacement of any members of the high school football staff.

Jim Wehner, a physical education teacher at Baldwin High, is the program's head coach.

"Hearing some of the comments that they (some of the team's players) have made," Ruscitto said, "there are a significant amount of players that plan on not returning next year to play if the current regime is in place. I've heard some coaches that don't wanna come back, as well.

"So just I want to be sure that this (considering a coaching change) is given it's due weight and this is seriously looked at because, being a football coach myself and having a whole family of football coaches ... we are not happy with what is happening, haven't been happy with the whole communication process and where our teams are heading, talent evaluation and on and on."

Wehner, who was not present at the board meeting, was asked on Thursday if he had any comment regarding Ruscitto's inquiries. Wehner had no comment.

Following Baldwin's season-ending 42-25 loss to Bethel Park High School on Oct. 26, Wehner said, "I like this team, and hopefully, I'm gonna get the opportunity to coach them again."

B-W School District Superintendent Dr. Randal A. Lutz responded to Ruscitto on Wednesday, saying that the high school's fall sports coaches have not been evaluated yet this year.

In 2012, Wehner's Highlanders did not win more games than they did in their previous season for the first time in his four years as their head coach.

Baldwin finished its 2012 season at 3-6 overall—one game worse than its 4-5 mark from a year ago. In 2010, Baldwin was also 3-6, but that was after a 2-8 mark in 2009 (Wehner's first season with the team) and after a 0-9 record in 2008.

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bwbreakers January 12, 2013 at 01:04 PM
http://triblive.com/sports/hssports/football/3280206-74/eckels-serra-mckeesport#axzz2Hksaa9Qz The school district must take action. The guys has not lived up to his word, what type of example are we setting for our kids. http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/high-school-football/pg-south-baldwin-coach-man-with-a-plan-347144/
loyalbaldwinfan January 12, 2013 at 01:27 PM
bwbreakers, I never read the second article you just posted. Thank You.... I needed a good laugh this morning.
Concerned January 12, 2013 at 02:56 PM
Coach Wehner did a terrible matching game plans against the top coaches in Quad A. I don't think this guy is capable of matching up against a lot of youth football coaches. What's he going to do when he can't run Dorian left, Dorian right, and Dorian up the middle? The sooner this guy leaves the better. And he can take Sortino with him. Oh, I hear he is not much of a gym teacher either.
loyalbaldwinfan January 16, 2013 at 02:03 PM
Well, I guess McKeesport didn't want him......George Smith in line to regain head coaching position at McKeesport Read more: http://triblive.com/sports/hssports/football/3302115-74/smith-mckeesport-board#ixzz2I9BEDZp
Robert Edward Healy, III February 13, 2013 at 06:28 AM
"New Football Coach for Baldwin-Whitehall on Wednesday": http://patch.com/A-1SNw

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