Neil Gordon, one of the WPIAL's more successful and recognizable coaches, most likely will not be back as the head football coach at Penn Hills High School.
His position was opened at Monday's school board meeting.
Gordon coached the last 22 years at Penn Hills, where he won the WPIAL and PIAA titles in 1995. The Indians played for the WPIAL championship two years ago and lost to Upper St. Clair. Gordon's record was 156-74-2 and his teams reached the playoffs 16 times and won five conference championships.
I can't say I know Gordon though every time I've needed to speak with him, he's been professional, courteous and always returned a phone call, which is a lot more than I can say about many other successful football coaches. I do know that if Gordon can have his position opened, it can happen to any coach.
Over the last several years, school boards have attempted to oust Jim Render (Upper St. Clair, football), Jack McCurry (North Hills, football) and Tim McConnell (Chartiers Valley, boys basketball). Those are just a few.
As someone who deals closely with high school athletics and coaches, it's a profession I would not want to enter.