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Woodland Hills names acting football coach

Ben Schmitt
| Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, 12:03 p.m.
Woodland Hills High School
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Woodland Hills High School
Tim Bostard
Tim Bostard

Tim Bostard has been named acting head coach of Woodland Hills High School's varsity football team, the district superintendent told the Tribune-Review on Thursday.

Bostard coached and played football under former head coach George Novak, who told the Tribune-Review this week that he believes Bostard is the right choice to replace Kevin Murray. Bostard, a Woodland Hills alum, also serves as the district's assistant athletic director.

“He deserves it,” Novak said Wednesday . “He's been with the program 12 years. He knows all aspects of the game.”

“For the immediate future, he is going to be the head coach,” Woodland Hills athletic director Ronald Coursey said. “It was a natural transition. He's been with the program for a number of years. This decision gives us the most stability and most continuity for our kids and, at this point, that is what we are 100 percent dedicated to.”

Bostard could not be reached for comment.

Murray, hired in the spring to replace Novak, resigned Wednesday without ever coaching a game.

Superintendent Alan Johnson told the Trib that Murray informed the school board Wednesday of his desire to resign. He also sent a letter to players and coaches, stating: “I hope that the kids won't be disappointed, I hope that they will use this as motivation to use in the upcoming season. Go get 6 boys. ... Go get 6.”

Murray's status as high school principal remains unclear. The Pennsylvania Department of Education has not renewed his teaching certification in the midst of several high-profile controversies involving treatment of students.

The Woodland Hills School Board voted 5-4 to hire Murray as head coach of the varsity football team in April. Novak supported the hiring of Murray, who worked as an assistant under the longtime coach.

Johnson said he and Coursey made the decision to promote Bostard, and any final decision must be voted on by the school board.

Ben Schmitt is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-320-7991, or via Twitter at @Bencschmitt.

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