The district had been investigating a hazing incident from years back — which Kasperowicz and his staff have denied.

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Days after losing his job, KDKA has confirmed Eric Kasperowicz has reapplied to be the head football coach at Pine-Richland.

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Kasperowicz and his coaching staff were notified Wednesday through email that they would not be returning.

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The district had been investigating a hazing incident from years back — which Kasperowicz and his staff have denied.

The coaching change came as a shock to current and former players. Assistant coach Todd Jochem said the staff was a victim of a power grab by school officials.

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On Friday morning, students rallied before the opening bell in support of Kasperowicz and his entire staff. Dozens of students stood outside of the school as early as 7:30 a.m. Some of them stuck around after the start of school, holding up signs and saying, “Free coach K.”

A Pine-Richland School District board member also resigned as of Friday. At this time, the identity of the board member is not known. The board did not specify a reason for the member’s resignation.

The Pine-Richland football program is the reigning 5A WPIAL champions and PIAA State champions. Kasperowicz has won four WPIAL titles and two state championships.

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It is not known if Kasperowicz will be considered for the job.