SUMMIT, NJ - Harvey Cohen, the Athletics Director at Chatham High School for 18 years until his retirement in 2012, will be recommended by Superintendent June Chang -- at the December 14 Summit Board of Education meeting -- to serve as Interim Athletics Director for the Summit Public Schools.

During the near totality of his tenure in Chatham, Cohen was also the head coach of the school's ice hockey team and is a member of the New Jersey High School Ice Hockey Hall of Fame.

He will succeed Patrick Scarpello, who has resigned to accept the Assistant Principal in charge of Athletics role at Montclair High School. On the agenda for the upcoming Board meeting, Cohen's start date is listed as "January 16 or sooner," while Scarpello's departure date is listed as "January 19 or sooner should a replacement be found."

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Upon his approval by the Montclair Board of Education on November 20, Scarpello was quoted by sidelinechatter.com as saying that he did not think that the Summit Public Schools would will delay his departure and referenced a hoped-for start date in Montclair of December 15.

Cohen will be paid a stipend of $500 per day in his interim role. Scarpello's full-time salary in Summit is $126,075 annually.

Scarpello has been in the Athletic Director role in Summit for just over one full year, having been hired and approved in April of 2016 and beginning the job in July of that year.

At the time of his hire in Montclair, Scarpello told sidelinechatter.com, “I’m very excited about coming to Montclair and really like the diversity of the community,” said Scarpello. “I enjoyed my last two years in Summit, but I was looking to find a place to spend the rest of my career that was diverse like where I grew up in Delaware, and in speaking to everyone about North Jersey schools that would be great to be an athletic director at to achieve such a situation, so many said ‘Montclair.’"

A search process is currently underway for Scarpello's full-time replacement, with the following job description -- which notes an "anticipated start date" of 'Summer or Fall (sic) 2018" -- posted on November 29:

"ATHLETIC DIRECTOR 

The Summit Public Schools seeks an outstanding communicator, leader, and motivator to be our full-time Athletic Director. The Summit Public Schools has a highly successful athletic program that sees an ever-increasing percentage of students participate in all athletic programs in our district. We are successful in developing student athletes and seek an Athletic Director who will continue the tradition of success for our student athletes on the field and in the classroom. 

Qualifications:

  • Excellent management and organizational skills
  • Supervisory / administrative experience in the area of athletics preferred
  • Excellent working knowledge of all NJ regulations and requirements for training of staff, hiring of coaches, and organizing athletic events
  • Superior communication skills
  • A minimum of four years coaching experience
  • A demonstrated track record of team building and collaboration with stakeholder groups
  • Possesses a supervisory certificate issued by the New Jersey Department of Education

Anticipated start date of Summer or Fall 2018."