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Thomas Jefferson baseball boosters recommend rehiring old coach

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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.

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By Tim Karan
Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, 11:15 p.m.

Thomas Jefferson High School Baseball Boosters would like West Jefferson Hills School District to give recently ousted coach Kevin Gryboski one more swing.

During the school board's regular meeting Tuesday, boosters vice president Bill Coholan and treasurer Flip Benack shared with the board the results of an online survey they had set up to determine whether current players wanted Gryboski to return.

Gryboski was told he would not be back for the 2013-14 season despite leading the varsity team to a 13-win playoff season in his first year. Thirty-two people responded to the survey.

“One of the questions we asked was, ‘Do you feel we should come back to the school board and recommend rehiring Kevin or bringing back coach Gryboski,' ” Benack said.

“There was almost 70 percent on the survey saying we should.”

Although the board would not speak on personnel issues, Benack said after the meeting that the removal of Gryboski — who pitched in the majors for the Braves, Rangers and Nationals from 2002-06 — was shocking.

Superintendent Michael Panza said the district began advertising the open position soon after Gryboski was let go.

“The district has received several applicants, and there will be interviews in the next few weeks,” Panza said. “Then a recommendation will be made to the board.”

Coholan and Benack said Gryboski has applied for his old position. Panza said he hopes a decision is made next month.

Tim Karan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1970, or

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