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West Mifflin baseball coach's job opened up

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Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, 11:27 p.m.
 

West Mifflin Area baseball coach Jeff Kuzma's job has been opened following a 6-3 vote coordinated by the West Mifflin Area School Board.

Kuzma, when reached by The Daily News on Thursday night, declined to comment on the situation.

However, Kuzma did confirm that he will re-apply for the job that has been his for the past 14 years.

Kuzma has been a teacher in the West Mifflin Area school district for the past 16 years. His West Mifflin baseball teams are annually among the more competitive in Class AAA, barely missing the playoffs in a 2013 season that saw the Titans go 10-9.

Kuzma's career record at West Mifflin is 121-114.

His job was opened following a controversy regarding an assistant coach allegedly receiving small payments for giving instructional lessons at West Mifflin's baseball field.

School board members said that Kuzma has not been fired and has the right to re-apply, which he will do. The board would like the West Mifflin baseball coaching situation finalized by September but was otherwise unwilling to speak about the situation.

Nearly every player in the West Mifflin baseball program attended Thursday's school board meeting to offer support for Kuzma. Multiple parents spoke on his behalf, while no parents spoke negatively of him.

Josh Yohe is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at jyohe@tribweb.com or via Twitter @JoshYohe_Trib.

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