By TOM WILLIAMS
Kyle Klein, the former assistant coach at Cedar Creek who was hired as the Pleasantville High School football coach during the off-season, resigned today. No reason was given for the decision.
The job became open when Chris Sacco, who coached the Greyhounds the last five years, stepped down to become the head coach at Absegami. Pleasantville was 27-25 under Sacco overall but 23-9 over the last three years.
Pleasantville’s football program is in a 14-day quarantine right now after a player tested positive for the COVID-19 virus last week. The school is in the process of testing its remaining players and cheerleaders.
And they now are looking for a new coach.
“Because this happened so late,” said PHS athletics director Stephen Townsend, “we are talking with the assistant coaches we had hired. We are also opening up the job for outside applicants, as well, but they have to respond quickly.”
Pleasantville’s season is scheduled to begin on Oct. 2 with the first of four straight challenging games – Cedar Creek, St. Joseph, Mainland and Holy Spirit.
Leonia High School in Bergen County has become the ninth New Jersey school to cancel fall sports. The Lions join two South Jersey schools – Westampton Tech and Medford Tech – plus Carteret, Dover, Piscataway, Teaneck and West Windsor-Plainsboro North and South.
In addition, the Philadelphia Catholic League announced today it was cancelling all sports in the fall. The Catholic League joins the Philadelphia Public League, Del-Val League and Friends School League in cancelling. The PIAA, which supervises Pennsylvania sports, is going ahead with fall sports despite the recommendation from Gov. Tom Wolf to postpone.
Practice for fall sports in New Jersey is set to begin on Sept. 14 with girls tennis permitted to start its regular season on Sept. 28 and other sports on Oct. 1.
Last week six Cape-Atlantic League schools announced they were switching to a 100 percent virtual start of classes next month. The six were Atlantic City, Bridgeton, Egg Harbor Township, Millville, Pleasantville and Vineland.
Here is the current football schedule for Cape-Atlantic League schools on Friday, Oct. 2: Cedar Creek at Pleasantville, Oakcrest at Atlantic City, Absegami at Ocean City, Egg Harbor Township at Mainland, Vineland at St. Augustine, Millville at Hammonton, Buena at Bridgeton, Lower Cape May at Pennsville and Middle Township at Clayton. On Saturday, Oct. 3, Holy Spirit will open at St. Joseph.