Sharon football coach attacked; former player charged


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The coach of the Sharon High School football team said Monday he has no idea why one of his former players came to his house and attacked him, hitting him in the face and biting him so severely that he needed 60 stitches to close his wounds.

Jim Wildman, 66, said his attacker yelled "crazed statements" and said, "I'm going to bite your ear off and choke you until I see blood."

Sharon police Chief Mike Menster identified the attacker at Joseph K. Koscinski, 38, of Sharon, who played football at Sharon High School for Mr. Wildman 20 years ago. Mr. Koscinski was in a hospital Monday and will face charges of aggravated assault, burglary, reckless endangerment and making terroristic threats upon his release.

But no one could explain what prompted the Sunday afternoon assault.

Chief Menster said the coach and player relationship is the only known connection between Mr. Wildman and Mr. Koscinski, and Sharon police are still looking for a motive.

Mr. Wildman said he did not recognize the attacker and had no idea who he was until Chief Menster told him and Mr. Wildman remembered him as a former player.

"I had zero recognition of who he was," the coach said.

Mr. Wildman, said he was sitting in his living room of his home at Bentley Avenue on Sunday watching the PGA golf tournament when he heard "pounding at the door."

Outside, a man was yelling "come out here," according to a criminal complaint.

Mr. Wildman told the man he didn't know him, he closed his glass storm door and told his wife to call the police, the coach said.

Mr. Koscinski then broke through the door and rushed toward Mr. Wildman.

Chief Menster said Mr. Koscinski hit the coach repeatedly in the face, choked him and bit his ear so badly that a plastic surgeon used 60 stitches to repair the bite marks. He was treated at Sharon Regional Hospital but is now home.

Mr. Wildman said his wife yelled for help and two neighbors, David and Douglas LeMon, and an off-duty officer, Sharon police Lt. Gerald Smith, ran into the house and pulled Mr. Koscinski off of the coach and restrained him until police arrived.

David LeMon told police that when they arrived, Mr. Koscinski was choking the coach so hard his face was white and he was yelling "confess your sins," over and over.

David LeMon and Douglas LeMon told authorities that they knew Mr. Koscinski from grade school and all three of them were coached by Mr. Wildman.

Mr. Koscinski was also taken to Sharon Regional Hospital for injuries related to the attack and for a psychiatric evaluation, Chief Menster said.

Mr. Wildman said he also has a black eye, a bruise to his head and a sore neck from the attack.

Mr. Wildman said he spoke to his players to "put to rest any story on his condition and to let them know he's OK."

"This is just an obstacle, not a roadblock," the coach said.

The Sharon high football team kicks off the season Aug. 30.

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Kelton Brooks: kbrooks@post-gazette.com. First Published August 12, 2013 4:30 AM


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