Sharon football coach assaulted

Jim Wildman

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A popular Mercer County football coach was hospitalized Sunday after a former player attacked him at his home and bit his ear so bad he needed 60 stitches.

Sharon High School football coach Jim Wildman, 65, told WKBN he was attacked at about 4 p.m. Sunday at his home. He said he was watching golf when the man came to his home and yelled insults at him through his door.

When Wildman went to the door, a fight started inside his home and spilled outside. Wildman’s wife, Karen Wildman, saw the fight and yelled for help. Neighbors came over and pulled the man off Wildman.

“They came running down. They grabbed him by the throat in a neck hold and that’s how he had Jim and he kept squeezing until he let go of him,” said Karen Wildman.

Police arrested Joseph Koscinski, 38, of 200 Logan Ave., on charges of aggravated assault, burglary, recklessly endangering another person and making terroristic threats.

Koscinski remains in the hospital Monday after he suffered facial injuries. Menster said Koscinski is also being evaluated for mental health issues and will be arraigned when he’s released.

Wildman said he was unable to recognize the man, but eventually realized he knew the man after police told him his name.

“I didn’t know him any differently than I know you people,” said Wildman. “When I was at the Farrell hospital and I was told who it was, it was news to me. I know nothing about the motivation or anything whatsoever.”

Wildman said he suffered facial injuries, including several stitches on his face. He was taken to UPMC Horizon hospital in Farrell and transferred to UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh. He was released early Monday and was home as of about 1 a.m. He planned to attend practice for the Sharon Tigers and let his team know he is alright.

Wildman retired in 2002 after 25 years as head coach of the Sharon Tigers but returned this year.

“I’m just going to tell them I am beaten up, but I am not beat,” said Wildman.

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