NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Tom Stead, a longtime coach and athletic director from the Shore Conference, has been hired to be the next athletic director at New Brunswick High School.
The hiring was unanimously approved by the Board of Education at Tuesday night's meeting.
The position has been filled on an interim basis since Craig Lowery was reassigned in the wake of sanctions levied against the New Brunswick High School football team in October.
The Zebras were off to their best start in five seasons when in October they learned that their season-opening four victories against Monroe, Dickinson (Jersey City), Edison and Piscataway would be forfeited. The ruling was announced by Greater Middlesex Conference president Jeff DiCocco.
The Zebras used an ineligible player during those four victories. The team finished the season 0-9.
In October, Lowery was reassigned to supervisor of physical education, health and wellness for grades K-12.
Lowery's reassignment came after several parents and residents pressured the board at its October meeting to fire him. Monica Rivera, the mother of Jordan Lebron, also urged the board to fire Lowery. She said that he told her he would ask the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association for a waiver so her son would not have to sit out 30 days following his transfer from Bishop Ahr.
Board attorney George Hendricks asked the NJSIAA for an appeal after the sanctions were levied against the team.
Stead brings a wealth of experience to New Brunswick. His career as boys basketball coach has included stops at Matawan, Keyport and Holmdel.
He has served as the athletic director at Lakewood High school since 2015.
According to the school board's personnel report, Stead's starting annual salary will be $140,789.10.
Richard Jannarone, the business administrator and board secretary, said athletic director's contracts typically call for them to give 60-days notice before leaving.
The athletic director's position at New Brunswick High School has been filled in recent weeks by Michael Wolfthal.
Wolfthal severed as the athletic director at Bishop Ahr for nearly 40 years.
The board voted to approve his contract at Tuesday's meeting. He will be paid $450 a day for 60 days.
While delivering the athletics committee report at Tuesday's meeting, board member Patricia Sadowski said that the eligibility of all athletes participating in winter sports was checked several times.