Tuesday afternoon, Donnie Militzer found out the conference alignment for his Charleroi Cougars football team.

Mere hours later, he received a phone call from a pair of school administrators saying the school board will open his position this coming Tuesday night at its meeting.

A disappointed Militzer declined comment Wednesday night by phone on the matter and Charleroi athletic director Bill Wiltz could not be reached for comment.

Charleroi’s football program just completed it best season in 20 years in what was Militzer’s fourth year at the helm.

The Cougars finished this past season 9-2 and in second place in the Century Conference and suffered a first-round playoff loss to Avonworth.

The playoff berth was the team’s first since 2004 and the offensive nucleus returns in record-breaking quarterback Geno Pellegrini, record-breaking wide receiver Dakota Romantino and sophomore running back Brayden Mihalcin.

Despite being removed as coach, Militzer was told that he can reapply once the position is opened.

If Militzer is not rehired, the program will have to start over yet again under a new coach and system and it will have a ripple effect as Militzer’s offensive system has been implemented in with the middle school team and down into the midget program.

Charleroi players took to social media Wednesday night to share their feelings and respect for Militzer.

Come Tuesday night, it will be interesting to see if the players show up in support of Militzer.

Tuesday afternoon, the talk around the Charleroi football program was the new section that the team will be in with Beth-Center, Brownsville, Carmichaels, Frazier, McGuffey, Southmoreland and Washington.

Now the section seems to be the farthest thing from the players’ minds as they try to figure out if Militzer, or someone else, will be coaching them next season come this fall.

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