RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - VCU Peppas band director Ryan Kopacsi is leaving the school, according to VCU Athletics Director Ed McLaughlin.
"I was informed today by Ryan Kopacsi that he will not continue in his role as the Director of the Peppas," said McLaughlin in a letter to RAF Board Members. "We did everything that we could to keep Ryan but we appreciate his long service to VCU as he goes in a different direction with his life."
However, Kopacsi says his leaving was over a contract dispute.
"Me & the AD have discussed contracts for weeks and can not agree on vision, trajectory, and time frame," Kopacsi said in a Facebook post. "I'm disappointed to say the least in the decision of the administration to sacrifice all of what The Peppas bring to our Players, our fans, our university, and our city."
McLaughlin says they will begin searching for a new pep band director immediately to be in place before fall classes begin.
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