Interviews Underway for Girls Basketball Coach

By Smykla, Margaret | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), May 6, 2016 | Go to article overview

Interviews Underway for Girls Basketball Coach


Smykla, Margaret, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


West Jefferson Hills School District has begun holding interviews for a new high school girls basketball coach and hopes to hire one in time for summer leagues, according to district officials.

"We are aggressively trying to fill the position," school board president Brian Fernandes said, adding that the board and the district athletic committee met with a group of candidates this week.

In March, the board voted 5-4 to open the position at Thomas Jefferson High School and advertise for applicants following a year-long controversy involving former coach Phil Shar.

For months, some parents and their daughters complained to the school board that Mr. Shar had belittled and bullied players. Ten girls quit the team.

At the same time, other players and parents showed their support for Mr. Shar, lauding him as a coach dedicated to helping the girls become better players. …

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