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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.

And check back with the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch on Thursday for more news from Wednesday night's school board meeting.

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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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