All Football Coaching Positions Declared Open in Baldwin-Whitehall

Former Head Coach Jim Wehner was also removed from his Personal Fitness position at Baldwin High School.

The Baldwin-Whitehall School Board accepted the resignation on Wednesday night of Jim Wehner as Baldwin High School's head varsity football coach. The board also declared all football coaching positions in the Baldwin-Whitehall School District as open.

The open positions include all of those at Baldwin High (varsity, junior varsity and ninth-grade teams) and at J.E. Harrison Middle School.

Wehner was also removed from his Personal Fitness position at the high school.

The district will look to fill the vacancies before next football season. Those removed from their positions could have a chance to rejoin the teams.

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."

Jeff Ruscitto, a Whitehall Borough resident and a parent of two members of the Baldwin High football team, approached the school board in November to ask if district administration was considering the replacement of any members of the high school football staff.

District Superintendent Dr. Randal A. Lutz told Ruscitto then that the high school's fall sports coaches had not been evaluated yet.

Baldwin's varsity team did not post a winning season during Wehner's four years as its head coach, but the 2012 Highlanders were the first of Wehner's varsity squads to not win more games than they did in their previous season.

Baldwin finished 2012 at 3-6 overall—one game worse than its 4-5 mark in 2011. 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.

Earlier this month, the executive board of the Big 33 chose Wehner as one of the assistant coaches for Team Pennsylvania at June's Big 33 Football Classic.

Read through other Baldwin-Whitehall School Board items here.

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loyalbaldwinfan January 28, 2013 at 08:34 PM
Any new updates?
Richard January 30, 2013 at 04:09 PM
I've heard Voelker, Squigglia, Wagner, and Burns are the internal candidates and KO's coach and Seton Lasalle's Coach are the outsiders.
John January 31, 2013 at 01:31 PM
Surely there are more canidates than just these folks? Has the job been posted outside the district yet? There are a lot of coaches out there, former head coaches, great assistants, all should be looked at. This is a great opportunity and I am not sure if any of those names are the answer.
Baldwin Alumni January 31, 2013 at 01:56 PM
As much as I think Voelker would be a good head coach for the football team let him stay with the basketball program. I would rather him be the Varsity basketball head coach and let Urmann go. And for God's sake please get rid of Sinning on the bench.
HB January 31, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Apparently there is not a position in the district that will go along with the football job, so that eliminates many candidates. It is nearly impossible to win and compete in aaaa and especially in this conference if the coach isn't in the building establishing relationships and getting kids out. So, it appears things will not change at Baldwin.
loyalbaldwinfan January 31, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Let's just hope whoever takes over drops the political BULLS#@T and hopefully nobody is related to the new head coach..........Maybe just maybe they will get some of these positions right, and the play calling will be better!!!
Baldwin Alumni January 31, 2013 at 03:53 PM
I never realized how many people have received coaching and teaching jobs and starting sports positions in our district because of who they are related to. I guess knowledge and ability just don't cut it, you have to be related to someone. That explains a whole lot about how certain kids are starters when they shouldn't be and how certain people are coaches and they shouldn't be.
Jon Wain January 31, 2013 at 04:16 PM
The only answer to the coaching staff being replaced is ALL new names.By that I mean no former teachers or players . Outsiders are more likely not to have any ties with school board members,parents players.The new staff needs the same respect the Rooney's give Tomlin. They own the team but he's the boss.
Thomas February 01, 2013 at 01:06 AM
The 2013 scheduled was recently released. Same opponents in the same order as last season, just flop the home/away.
Fighting Highlander February 01, 2013 at 09:13 PM
I heard these same names as well as Ringgold and Belle Vernon's current head coaches that had interviews. But no word on a second round and hearing that Perry was the guy as of this afternoon.
Baldwin Alumni February 02, 2013 at 01:56 PM
Sitting in the basketball stands last night the talk was they will hire a former Seton Lasalle football coach for the job and it will be announced Monday. The talk was that was who certain parents wanted. Don't know if its true. Guess we find out Monday.
loyalbaldwinfan February 02, 2013 at 06:50 PM
CERTAIN PARENTS? I guess the parents that hired him as their sons side coach (QB) coach a few years ago. That way its a sealed deal..... More politics I guess. Rumors are really getting around. Oh well, some things never change!!! I just hope for a good season for all... Note the word Rumor. I don't want to upset any of the sensitive ones.
Fighting Highlander February 02, 2013 at 07:56 PM
I heard Perry and Kamberis got 2nd interviews and that Perry was offered the job as he has already started contacting some people about coaching with him. Wonder if they will vote on him this month or next month. Is this why he pulled his name from Char Valley?
loyalbaldwinfan February 02, 2013 at 09:58 PM
Fighting Highlander- you seem to know all the juicy details.... Do you know who these individuals are that he started contacting?
HB February 03, 2013 at 02:15 AM
Sortino has been an awful ad and this trend continues. He took one week to choose a football coach and its a seton buddy where sortino is an alumni. I can't imagine perry being able to have too much success when he is not in the building and won't be able to steal kids from bethel, USC or Lebo like he did at seton. Not to bash lower classification coaches but there is a big difference between competing in aa than aaaa and makes one wonder why he would pursue two coaches who have zero familiarity with aaaa football.
NB resident February 03, 2013 at 04:05 AM
who are you to make decision like that. Its great you have your opinion but come one Volker would be an awesome HC
NB resident February 03, 2013 at 04:07 AM
Thats the best point on this forum. The coach needs to be in the building making relationship with the students. However Don yunessa did it although he was a jerk and a complete a word but he won games and had winning seasons and football back then was fun and the cool thing to do now a days no one thinks football is cool
NB resident February 03, 2013 at 04:08 AM
Agreed Sortino is a waste of money and he needs to return to teaching special ed classes
Concerned February 03, 2013 at 05:08 PM
It was a big mistake not firing Sortino along with the coach. They needed to wipe the slate clean. This was the time to do it and it wasn't done. I have never heard one good thing about Sortino. What has he done to keep his job?
Greg Popovich February 06, 2013 at 03:26 PM
I am shoked that the Head Football job was never posted ANYWHERE! Not on the school website, not in the paper, nowhere at all. How can we expect to find the best talent if everything is being done under the table? Are the politics really that bad here, that we owe so many people favors? Is it even legal not to post job? Or is this business as usual here at Baldwin? There are some really good coaches out there with AAAA experience. Nepotism policy needs to be addressed or nothing will ever change.
loyalbaldwinfan February 06, 2013 at 05:30 PM
I heard something about the Seton Lesalle coach having already been hired. Why has it not been announced? Does anyone have any info? Maybe Dr. Lutz could answer these questions because Sortino certainly won't.
Fighting Highlander February 09, 2013 at 06:15 PM
I havent heard much on what's going on with hiring the new coach lately. Will it happen at Wednesdays board meeting?
Thomas A February 11, 2013 at 12:02 AM
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, stop the Bull Voelker campaign!!!
Fighting Highlander February 11, 2013 at 12:50 AM
Thomas A, I don't think you have to worry about him getting it. Heard tonight that Seton opened their head football coach position. My guess is that the board will be voting on Perry this Wednesday.
Gregory Popovich February 11, 2013 at 01:11 AM
fighting highlander they opened the position because the coach has gone after two jobs and has not gave them an answer about next year. i thought we just had the same problem with the last coach.
Fighting Highlander February 11, 2013 at 01:24 AM
That is a great point Greg. Wehner applying for the McKeesport job is the straw that broke his back. Now if they hire Perry, who has applied for at least the BW and CV jobs this year, they are right back where they started. He will be here until he can move on. This whole process was fishy if you ask me. Job was only posted internally for a week as I didn't see it posted in any newspapers, then Perry pulls his name from CV and looks to be all but officially the next BW coach.
cc February 11, 2013 at 01:34 AM
Wish our school could get a coach like Palko from West Allegheny. Our school board will hire someone that is owed a favor.
Fighting Highlander February 11, 2013 at 09:13 PM
CC, I don't think coaches like Palko or another established coach who has won a championship would come to Baldwin without a significant pay raise and job within the building. Coaches like Palko understand that you need to be in the school district and build relationships and expectations with the kids.
cc February 12, 2013 at 02:30 AM
Fighting Highlander, I totally agree with you there. When Palko was hired for West Allegheny he was an after school coach, but the district seen how good he was with the kids and put a lot of time in with the team on and off the field. He was fair with all students who not only went out for football but other sports and and anyone who wanted to talk to him. He earned the respect of the students before he had a full time job at the district. He is one of the best roll models that a school can have. I just wish there was a clone of him to come to Baldwin.
Robert Edward Healy, III February 13, 2013 at 06:27 AM
"New Football Coach for Baldwin-Whitehall on Wednesday": http://patch.com/A-1SNw


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