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Wiley resigns football post at Penn-Trafford

| Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009

T.J. Wiley made an immediate impact on the Penn-Trafford football program, but he reached his limit after one season.

Citing personal reasons, Wiley stepped down Monday as Penn-Trafford's coach, 10 months after he was hired at the end of the district's exhaustive search. He finished his only campaign with a 3-6 regular-season mark and led the Warriors into the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs where they lost to Class AAAA defending champion Bethel Park, 49-21.

"The main reason I came to (for resigning) was, I wasn't able to get a job in the district and that made it very hard for me," Wiley said. "My daily commute was kind of crazy."

Wiley, who has a 7-month-old son, resides in Allison Park and works full-time teaching special needs children at the Bradley School in Robinson Township. During the season he had to endure rush-hour traffic, through the Squirrel Hill Tunnels, to get to Penn-Trafford, a drive of almost an hour. He also had to drive another 40 minutes to get home.

"It's tough and my wife is the best football wife out there," Wiley said. "But it was hard."

Wiley also alluded to some unspecified statements about him that he said had circulated in the area, but he declined to be specific.

"I'm not going to sling mud, but there were some things being said over there about me," Wiley said. "You can attack me all you want as a coach, but don't attack me as a human being. Unfortunately, it came to that and I'm not going to stand for that. "

Nonetheless, Wiley said he leaves with a positive attitude.

"The administration and Chuck Fontana, the athletic director, they've been nothing but fantastic over there and the kids have been super," Wiley said. "What it came down to was that some things happened that were very unfortunate."

School board president Philip Kochasic refused to comment on Wiley's reasons for leaving.

"T.J. has never approached me about any concerns," he said. "I can't comment on what has happened as far as why it is not going to work for him in the future.

"For myself, I was happy with the way he took control of the program this year. When we hired T.J., we had thought we had found our football coach, obviously, for a long time to come. As a board, we will have to get back to work."

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