By Bob Allen

PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) – Police say a former player attacked a Sharon high school football coach at his home, biting the coach so badly he needed 60 stitches to repair his ear.

Police and Sharon coach Jim Wildman say they can’t explain why 38-year-old Joseph Koscinski barged into the coach’s home Sunday.

“He was biting my ear, choking me, saying he wanted to see my blood on the floor,” Wildman told KDKA’s Bob Allen.

Wildman says he didn’t even realize Koscinski was a former player until police told him the man’s name later.

“I remember he played for me, at the time I know of no issues. I know nothing, I don’t know how to say it.”

Two neighbors doing yard work nearby helped pull Koscinski off of Wildman.

The 66-year-old coach was rehired this year after an 11-year retirement. He has won 208 games with Sharon, and two state titles.

“I think I’m a compassionate guy, I’d like to see everyone get up off their knees, stand up, and move on.”

Sharon Police Chief Mike Menster says Koscinski was still being treated at a hospital Monday for the attack in Sharon. But he’s already in custody and will be charged with aggravated assault and other crimes.


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