In high-profile move, head coach goes from one Pennsylvania prep football power to another

MIKE WHITE
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (TNS)
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Jon LeDonne lives in the Pine-Richland School District. Now he'll coach high school football in the district.

LeDonne was named Pine-Richland's new coach at a school board meeting Monday night. The board voted, 9-0, in favor of LeDonne and his salary will be $10,123.

LeDonne has been successful as Penn Hills' coach the past five seasons, going 46-14 and winning WPIAL and state championships in 2018. He was the Post-Gazette coach of the year that season. His 2021 team made the WPIAL semifinals.

Pine-Richland and Penn Hills are two of the most high-profile high school coaching positions in Pennsylvania football.

Before he came to Penn Hills, LeDonne was Shaler's coach for three seasons and had a 2-27 record.

At Pine-Richland, LeDonne takes over for Steve Campos, who resigned after one season. Campos took over for Eric Kasperowicz, who was ousted by administrators and the school board in April, despite winning four WPIAL titles and two state championships in eight years. The district alleged hazing and bullying existed in Kasperowicz's programs, charges he denied.

Kasperowicz had hoped to possibly get his job back when Campos resigned. Kasperowicz had filed a defamation of character lawsuit against the district in the spring, but dropped the suit in January, hoping to get an interview for the job. But Kasperowicz was never interviewed by Pine-Richland.

LeDonne is a former player at Aliquippa High School and was valedictorian of his senior class and eventually earned his doctorate in engineering at Carnegie Mellon. He lives in Pine- Richland with his wife, Maggie and their three children. LeDonne's full-time job is as an engineer.