Krepps on way out at BV Area?
Normally, a reorganization meeting of a school board doesn't draw a crowd.
After all, the session normally consists of members shuffling from one seat to another as a new member takes over the gavel for the upcoming year. Traditionally, very little business is conducted and the board often poses for a photo of the group and that's it.
However, that may not be the case Monday night during the reorganization session for the Belle Vernon Area School Board.
That's because the board is expected to take a vote on opening the job of football coach Aaron Krepps. The motion to open his job is on the short agenda for the meeting.
Krepps has been BVA's coach for four seasons and has compiled an overall record of 18-22. However, all of his teams qualified for the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs.
While Krepps' record hasn't been overly impressive at first blush, it also should be noted that his teams - particularly the last two seasons - were hit harder than most by injuries.
And those injuries weren't to average players, but to starting quarterbacks, running backs, linebackers, etc.
Krepps is a BVA graduate and went on to a stellar career at Washington & Jefferson before eventually coming back to coach at his alma mater.
At least one board member is staunchly in Krepps' corner and says he can't understand why other board members would want to make a change.
“Aaron is a home-grown product and he has had an excellent track record academically and athletically at Belle Vernon and W&J,” said BVA Director Joe Grata, who comprises the board's athletic committee along with directors Dan Sepesky and John Nusser. “I don't know of anyone who has ever worked as hard or put in the hours that Aaron Krepps has as a coach.
“He's heart and soul BVA and you can't ask for more than that in a coach.”
There have been whispers within the program that some kids and maybe even some assistants have not taken hold of Krepps' intense manner of going about his business as a no-nonsense guy who demands perfection and long hours of preparation.
Grata says he think Krepps has begun to realize that.
“His expectations are higher, as well as his demands. He pays a lot of attention to details,” Grata said. “But these days, kids want to be kids. There are other things competing for their time. And I think in the maturation process of being a head coach Aaron has begun to realize that.”
Nusser said that his job as a director is to do what is best for the school district in all facets, which includes finding the best coaches.
While he was noncommittal on his stand with Krepps, he did say, “I will probably go along with the majority.”
The other member of the athletic committee, Sepesky, said he did not want to comment on the item until Monday's meeting.
I have always had a great deal of respect for Krepps as a coach. I remember during his first year that I wrote I thought he was an excellent hire and a guy who would be good for BVA.
It will be interesting to see how Monday's vote to open the post turns out.
Like in any position, I'm sure there is a candidate out there who can do better. There always is, whether it is the coach of any high school, college or professional team in any sport.
However, there are candidates who can do much worse, too.
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.