Thomas Jefferson, McKeesport fire baseball coaches
Thomas Jefferson won a lot of baseball games this past year.
Regardless, both baseball teams are in the market for baseball coaches following two very different seasons as Kevin Gryboski and Rick Satcho will not return to the bench next year.
“I'd like to thank coach Satcho and his coaches for their years of service,” McKeesport athletic director Charley Kiss said.
Satcho spent six seasons at McKeesport, winning only 22 of 100 games since 2008. McKeesport hasn't qualified for the playoffs since Tim Gabauer's 2001 team.
Gryboski's dismissal was a little bit more of a surprise.
A year after enjoying its best season in school history in 2012, TJ decided not to bring back coach Rich Krivanek. And now, after a 13-win playoff season, Gryboski won't be back for an encore year.
The West Jefferson Hills School Board decided to open up Gryboski's position last week citing an “issue with the coach after a game,” according to Superintendent Michael Panza.
“It was to the level that we believe that it was in the best interest to move in this direction,” Panza said. “I really can't say much more because it is a personnel matter.”
Gryboski and athletic director Bill Cherpak were unavailable for comment.
Gryboski replaced Krivanek after the Jaguars went 17-6, advanced to the Class AAA semifinals and the quarterfinals of the state playoffs for the first time in school history.
The Jaguars went 13-9 this year and finished in second place behind eventual WPIAL Class AAA champion South Park. TJ won a first-round playoff game before losing to South Park in the quarterfinals.
Gryboski had a no-nonsense coaching style that he picked up while playing Major League Baseball for five seasons. He played in 238 games for Atlanta, Texas and Washington from 2002-06. Gryboski was also in the Pirates' minor league system near the end of his career.
Applications are being accepted for the opening until the end of the month.
Satcho led McKeesport to a 5-12 record this past year while playing in one of the toughest sections in Quad-A. McKeesport lost one-run games to the top three teams in the section — Plum, Central Catholic and Franklin Regional — and won two of its last three games.
Satcho, a 1992 Montour graduate, played at West Virginia and with Johnstown in the Frontier League. He currently plays for St. Johns in the Federation League. Satcho is a physical education teacher at McKeesport. He did not return a phone call seeking comment.
McKeesport hopes to have a replacement by August.
“We want to capitalize on many improvement opportunities in the fall,” Kiss said.