Kasperowicz promoted to head football coach at Pine-Richland
Josh Shoop had never hired a football coach until he took over the athletic director job at Pine-Richland.
Now his first hire may be one that goes down in history: Shoop acquired the services of Eric Kasperowicz as the Rams' coach.
Kasperowicz served as the offensive coordinator since 2011 and held the same position with North Hills prior to coming over to the Rams.
“It is a good feeling to be the head football coach for such a high-profile program,” Kasperowicz said. “It is a pleasure and a privilege to be the head coach here.”
Kasperowicz said he feels prepared after coaching alongside the likes of Jack McCurry at North Hills and Clair Altemus, the man he followed at Pine-Richland.
“I will take bits and pieces from them and put my own spin on things,” he said.
The offense will stay the course with what fans have come to know, according to Kasperowicz, who directed the offense from 22nd to fifth in the WPIAL in total offense last year.
The staff should be fairly consistent with who was there the past two years, but there are some openings Kasperowicz plans to fill in the coming weeks.
“We are going to work toward the same goal for the kids when it comes to the classroom and on the field,” Kasperowicz said. “This will be a challenge, but I am ready to start a new era — a new sense of toughness and work ethic the team needs in Quad A.”
Kasperowicz won't be the only new coach in the section — former coaching colleague Pat Carey took over at North Hills.
Factoring in Art Walker at North Allegheny, Don Holl — who turned the Seneca Valley program around — and Chris Siegle at Shaler, the core of young and hungry coaches will offer stiff competition for years to come.
“This is the only conference I have played/coached in,” Kasperowicz said. “Being here with all these young coaches is exciting. I look forward to many years of fierce, competitive rivalries.”
Kasperowicz is a Ram now, but he said he will bring some of that North Hills toughness that was instilled in him as a player. Kasperowicz led his team to WPIAL and PIAA titles in 1993 and went on to play at Pitt.
“Eric did the right things in his own training, and that with his past success as a coach and athlete will bring instant credibility with the kids,” Shoop said. “He was so organized in the interview, he had a plan from Day 1 until the start of the season. He carries himself well and is someone who can take charge.”
The hire of Kasperowicz was Shoop's first, and he hopes he won't have to do this again for a long time.
Jerry Clark is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-779-6979 or firstname.lastname@example.org.