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.
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