VERONA, NJ - Former Verona High School football coach Lou Racioppe, has sued the district for unlawful termination.
Racioppe was placed on administrative leave following undisclosed allegations mid-way through the 2017 season. The Board of Education then opted not to renew his contract after he served 20 years as head football coach.
The Board of Education later released the results of a survey they had conducted which it said showed a pattern of alleged misconduct on the part of Racioppe and/or his assistants.
In addition to the Verona Board of Education, the lawsuit filed Tuesday names Board President John Quattrocchi, board member Michele Bernardino, and VHS Principal Josh Cogdill, as defendants and alleges that the board failed to follow proper procedure during its investigation.
If Racioppe was accused under the Harassment and Intimidation and Bullying Policy, the board should have provided him with a hearing which it did not. The suit also alleges defamation of character, intentional infliction of emotional duress and age discrimination.
The suit further states, that the interviews with players and survey results were misrepresented.