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Sharon football coach back on the field after assault

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SHARON, Pa. - The coach of the Sharon Tigers Football team is recovering after an alleged assault at his home.
High school athletic director Paul Torr tells 21 News that Coach Jim Wildman had been sitting in his living room, watching TV, when a man, who police identify as 38-year-old Joseph Koscinski of 200 Logan Avenue, came through the front door and attacked him. 
The struggle carried out into the front yard where police eventually came and apprehended Koscinski. 
Police have confirmed that Koscinski played in high school under Coach Wildman 20 years ago. He is in the hospital being treated for moderate injuries. 
Coach Wildman is now back on the field, after being released from the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh for an ear injury which caused him to get 60 stitches.

"He had my ear in his mouth part of the time. My mind was not to be listening, or be atoned to what he was saying," says Wildman.

Wildman, who said he also suffered injuries to his head, throat and eye, told 21 News that a plastic surgeon was called in to reconstruct his ear after the assault, but said that he was "suffering more from the emotional trauma than the physical."
The coach still doesn't know what set Koscinski off. 

As Wildman recovers, his assistant coaches intend on keeping his team's routine in tact until he returns to the sidelines.

"It's business as usual. We're going to do what Coach Wildman wants us to do, and everything else will take care of itself," says Assistant Coach Dan Schneider.

Although he made a visit to the field today, Wildman is preparing for his regular return to the game he loves.

"Once this dressing comes off, which hopefully will be Tuesday evening, I'll be back here all day, every day," says Wildman.




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