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Krepps sad part of BVA's coaching carousel

| Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, 12:21 a.m.

When Aaron Krepps announced Thursday that he was resigning as the football coach at Belle Vernon Area after five seasons, he marked the fourth head coach in the district to leave within the year.

Krepps follows the footsteps of former coaches Jack Jolley (wrestling), Eric James (boys' basketball) and Dan Palm (baseball).

That's an awful lot of change in a 12-month period for any school.

For me, it's just another sad commentary on the plight of coaches in the area.

I don't think anyone could ever doubt the knowledge of the game that Krepps brought to BVA's program, his work ethic or his dedication.

In that regard, it is a shame to see him step aside.

I know that in his five seasons, BVA never finished over .500. However, the Leps managed to reach the playoffs all five years.

No, the Leps did not win a playoff game in those five tries, but Krepps isn't the only coach the school has had who failed to find success in football's “second season.”

The last BVA team to drink from the winning waters of the playoffs was the 2000 team.

But that's not why I'm writing this column.

I just think that BVA is worse off for losing a dedicated alum who was willing to put the time in to try to make his players better and portray his school in a positive light.

Aaron Krepps is one of the good guys in the coaching fraternity.

He may not be the most outgoing. After all, he never hid the fact that he did not enjoy the hobnobbing and popping camera flashes of annual picture day events.

But he went above and beyond the call of duty to prepare his players. He certainly wasn't shy about putting in the hours to prepare, that's for sure.

And Krepps was never one to expect more from his players than he was willing to give of himself. Nobody could ever accuse him of passing the buck.

Krepps was always a stand-up guy, never shied away from facing tough questions after tough losses.

In my more than 35 years writing sports, I never saw a coach whose career was more snake-bitten than his when it came to injuries to key players.

I remember in the summer I suggested that he go to a Catholic church and get himself or his team blessed with holy water in hopes of keeping the Leps safe from the injury bug.

He laughed. I was serious.

But one thing Krepps never did was use the steady stream of injuries as an excuse for not getting it done.

He was one of the guys I always found it easy to root for. I mean, you just want to see a coach who works that hard enjoy the fruits of his extensive labor.

That seldom happened for Krepps.

Even in the end, when he announced he was stepping down after five seasons, Krepps took the high road and handled his move with dignity.

I know that Aaron Krepps will land on his feet – both professionally and as a coach – again. That, have no doubt about. He has the makeup and drive to do so.

I just hope that BVA will find another coach who has his passion and drive, not only to win, but also to try and get his kids in college.

I know everybody wants to win and win big. That is the pressure on coaches everywhere, not just at BVA.

But I will end this column on a thought that my parents not only instilled upon me, but parents everywhere have passed on to their children.

“Be careful what you wish for.”

I don't know if BVA will come up with a coach who will win more frequently than Aaron Krepps did.

But the district will certainly have a hard time coming up with one who will work harder.

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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