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Kekseo Steps Down as Weir Football Coach

Riders will have fifth boss in last eight years

December 14, 2011
By MIKE MATHISON , Steubenville Herald Star

WEIRTON - One and done.

Monday night the Hancock County Board of Education accepted the resignation of Weir High football coach Jason Kekseo effective Dec. 5 and now the search is on - again - for someone to lead the Red Riders.

"I love the kids here," Kekseo said. "I do not want anyone to think I gave up on the kids. I feel the burden of being the head coach started outweighing the challenges of being the head coach."

Kekseo went 1-9 in his only season. The Red Riders were 1-9 in the previous two seasons. He took over a program that finished with 22 kids in uniform in 2010 and 48 did so in 2011.

"I believe there is a lot of positive things at this school," he said, "but there is a lot of negativity on the outside. That really does not affect me, but it really affects the kids and it's tough being involved in that.

"I hope that someone else has a lot more success than I had in changing the culture within this program. There is a lot of support from the administration, staff and kids in the high school for the football program.

"I really believe we can win here."

Kekseo came over from Avonworth High School after the school board chose not to renew his contract, even though he had been 29-6 the three previous seasons with two WPIAL Class A semifinal appearances.

Kekseo took over an Antelopes program that had been struggling. He finished his six-year run at Avonworth at 39-24.

The Red Riders are 2-8, 8-2, 1-9, 1-9 and 1-9 the last five seasons. They won a West Virginia Class AA state championship under Eric Meek, who is now the football coach at Toronto, in 2005.

This will be the third head coach in the last four years and fifth in the last eight.

"This is not about me," Kekseo said. "It's about the kids."

He will remain on staff as a physical education teacher.

"Right now the challenge is being the best teacher I can be and being 100 percent behind the person they hire to help these kids win," Kekseo said. "I feel bad for the kids because I feel like they're being left directionless again, but I also support the administration in hiring who they feel is the right person for the job."

Kekseo was arrested Nov. 27 during a traffic stop for driving under the influence. In response to those charges, he appeared in Municipal Court last week where his attorney, Dan McCune, entered a plea of not guilty for the DUI charges and other citations.

In addition to the not guilty plea, McCune filed for a motion for discovery in order to obtain additional information and all the evidence the city has - including a video tape - which has to be provided.

Kekseo said entered a not guilty plea based on evidence provided by a chemical blood test, which he said shows Kekseo was below the legal limit of .08.

"The test does not support the charges," McCune said.

 
 

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