Coach, fired after leading Pa. high school to state title, now volunteer assistant at Pitt

JERRY DiPAOLA
The (Greensburg) Tribune Review (TNS)
Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi.

Eric Kasperowicz will be coaching football at a familiar place this fall after all.

The former Pine-Richland head coach was named a volunteer assistant coach at Pitt on Tuesday.

"Pitt man, Pitt grad. We're happy to have him on the staff," Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi said. "Great, great addition. Obviously, a super coach and an even better person."

Kasperowicz was fired at Pine-Richland in April despite leading the Rams to District 7 and PIAA Class 5-A titles five months earlier.

His firing came amidst allegations of possible hazing or bullying associated with the team along with issues with program management and institutional control.

He filed a lawsuit for defamation of character against Pine-Richland School District and several district officials for comments school officials made in the wake of his dismissal.

Kasperowicz, a North Hills teacher, spent eight years at Pine-Richland, guiding the Rams to four WPIAL championships and two state titles.

After passing for nearly 7,000 yards during his North Hills career, Kasperowicz played three seasons at Pitt (1995-97), starting at outside linebacker for two years.

Narduzzi also announced former Steeler Kraig Urbik has joined the Panthers a volunteer assistant. Urbik was a Pine-Richland assistant coach for Kasperowicz. He was drafted in the third round by the Steelers in 2009 out of Wisconsin and went on to play nine seasons in the NFL.

Kasperowicz and Urbik will not have on-field duties but will be tasked with film study and analytics.