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Krepps resigns as BVA coach

| Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent
Belle Vernon's head coach Aaron Krepps talks to Cameron Quinto (80) and Collin Johnston (6) on Friday September,13,2013.

Coaching football at his alma mater was one of the biggest thrills of Aaron Krepps' young life.

However, after five years as head coach at Belle Vernon Area, it wasn't enough to keep him there.

Krepps met with his players Thursday morning and told them he will not be coaching the Leps any more.

The 2002 BVA graduate had a 22-28 record in five seasons at BVA and took the Leps to the playoffs all five seasons.

Krepps said he was resigning for “personal reasons” and would only comment, “The timing is right.”

Instead of talking about what those personal reasons are, he chose to talk about what it meant to coach at the school where he graduated.

“It was a huge thrill and an honor to coach at my alma mater,” he said. “I couldn't be happier about the opportunity that was given to me five years ago and the people who supported me all along. It's something I will never forget and always appreciate.”

Krepps' tenure at BVA was marked by numerous injuries to key players as he lost top leaders in four of the five seasons he coached.

While trying to deal with injuries was a concern, he said that was not his greatest disappointment as a head coach.

“I think my biggest disappointment was not winning a playoff game here,” he said. “The kids and the school deserved that. We always got there, but we didn't win one. That's one of the few things that will bother me.”

Krepps called Thursday morning's meeting with his players as a “tough thing to do.”

“It was hard on me. I can tell you that,” he said. “The last thing I wanted to do was walk away from those kids that I had spent so much time around. You come to care about kids when you are around them a lot and you watch them grow over the years.”

He said his best memories of coaching at BVA include the number of players he has been able to send to college.

Thirteen student athletes who played for Krepps went on to play football at the next level, and he said four seniors on this year's team are looking to play in college.

“I think getting 17 kids in college in five years is something to be proud of,” he said. “I'm going to work hard for my seniors on this team to help them out. I think that's a great accomplishment.”

Krepps was hired at BVA in 2009 to replace Scott Bryer, who held the position briefly after being hired to replace Lou Rood.

Before coaching at BVA, Krepps played four years at Washington & Jefferson and then spent 2 12 years coaching college football in Michigan.

“I don't regret one thing I've done here,” he said. “Looking back, I wouldn't change a thing. I stand by everything I did here.”

He was a very young coach on the AAA level when BVA hired him at age 25. Now, at age 30, he says he doesn't think his coaching days are over.

“As much as I love coaching, I'd like to think I will be back at it again,” he said. “I don't know where or in what capacity, but I do want to coach again when the time is right for me.”

BVA Athletic Director Jesse Cramer said he was sad to see Krepps resign.

“I think it's a shame, but I can understand his reasons,” Cramer said. “I've known Aaron since he was a little kid and he was good for this program. He did a lot of good things here and I just hate to see him go.”

Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or joliver@tribweb.com.

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