NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Athletic director Craig Lowery has been reassigned in the wake of the New Brunswick High School football team's four-game sanction for playing with an ineligible player.
Lowery has been reassigned to supervisor of physical education, health and wellness for grades K-12, according to the Board of Education's Personnel Committee report posted to the school district's website.
The Zebras learned last week 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 team used a player who had transferred to New Brunswick High School in February but did not sit out the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association-mandated 30-day period for students without a bona fide address change.
Three members of the New Brunswick High School football team, Ahyan Brown Miller, Marcellus Blount and Jordan Lebron, spoke at Tuesday night's Board of Education meeting. One player said that Lowery addressed the team in an attempt to lift their spirits after the team was sanctioned.
Monica Rivera, the mother of Lebron, said Lowery promised to try to get a waiver for her son when he transferred to New Brunswick High School in February so he could forgo the 30-day waiting period.
Board of Education attorney George Hendricks, however, applied for a waiver last week. The NJSIAA decided not to grant the waiver. In the eyes of the conference and the NJSIAA, New Brunswick's record is 0-6 as it gets ready to face East Brunswick on Friday.
Rivera and other parents blamed Lowery for sanctions and asked the Board of Education to fire him. She accused him of "being incompetent" and was upset at the prospect he could receive a reassignment instead of being fired.
According to the same personnel committee report, Lowery's base salary is $115,942.81.
Lowery has not replied to message left by TAPinto New Brunswick seeking comment.