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Thomas Jefferson high school coach will not return in 2013-14

| Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 12:13 p.m.
Ronald Vezzani Jr. | Daily News
Thomas Jefferson's head coach Kevin Gryboski congratulates Joe McHugh as he rounds third base after his 4th inning home run against Ringgold on Friday, April 5, 2013 at Thomas Jefferson field.

A former major-league baseball player who spent one year as head coach of Thomas Jefferson High School's varsity team will not return next year.

Board members in an 8-0 vote last Thursday agreed to open the varsity baseball coaching position for the 2013-14 school year.

School board Vice President Shauna D'Alessandro was absent.

“There was an issue with the coach after a game. It was to the level that we believe that it was in the best interest to move in this direction,” Superintendent Michael Panza said.

“I really can't say much more,” Panza said, because it is a personnel matter.

School Board president Anthony Angotti declined to comment on the matter.

Kevin Gryboski, a professional baseball player for 14 years who coached the varsity Jaguar team for the last year, could not be reached for comment.

Gregg Fouts, a social-studies teacher at Thomas Jefferson High School and former coach, asked board members to be consistent with their decisions and treat Gryboski the same as they treat other coaches, including former coach Richard Krivanek, who held the position before him.

“If you're going to use criteria to measure or fire one coach, that same criteria should be measured and applied to every single coach in this school district,” Fouts said.

Early start for Panza

Panza got a week's head start learning the ropes of the West Jefferson Hills School District.

Panza, who started his official role as district superintendent on Monday, began in West Jefferson Hills on June 24 and served one week as acting superintendent.

Board members at their meeting last Thursday approved Panza's role as acting superintendent from June 24 through Sunday, in an 8-0 vote, at a per-diem rate of $577.

Board members also approved the resignation of Linda Hippert as acting superintendent, effective June 24. Hippert, executive director of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, served voluntarily as acting superintendent for the last year.

Panza said he plans to visit council meetings in Pleasant Hills, Jefferson Hills and West Elizabeth this month to introduce himself and update them on school district issues.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or shacke@tribweb.com.

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