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Pennypacker Resignation Accepted ‘With Regret’

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Personnel-related items handled Tuesday (Dec. 5, 2017) by the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors affected 22 individuals, but the sole action that in the minds of many at the meeting may have long-lasting impact was its acceptance of a letter of resignation from retiring Falcons football team head coach Rick Pennypacker.

It was a letter Pennypacker admitted was hard to compose and deliver.

The coach is stepping down after a 41-year career in football, the last 29 of them spent leading Pottsgrove teams. In their last home game the Falcons won the PIAA District 1 Class 4A final against Upper Perkiomen High School for a fourth district championship, and the coach’s 237th Pottsgrove victory.

“That was tough, that was tough,” the coach said of submitting his resignation. “I just put it on their desks; the principal’s desk, (district Athletic Director) Gary’s (DeRenzo) desk, because it was a tough thing to write,” Pennypacker told Dave Reidenouer during his “Monday Morning Quarterback Show” aired this week (Dec. 4) by Pottstown Community Television (PCTV).

The resignation affects Pennypacker’s supplemental positions as high school intramural weight trainer, for which it became effective Nov. 28; and head coach, affective Jan. 15 (2018). The district has begun advertising to find his replacement.

Receiving it wasn’t easy, either. Although several personnel items were bundled into a package and covered with one vote of all directors, newly elected board Vice President Bob Lindgren paused the proceedings to ensure feelings on Pennypacker’s departure were known. The letter, Lindgren said, was “accepted with regret, deep regret.

Related (to the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors’ Dec. 5 meeting):

Photo from PCTV

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