SAYREVILLE – An attorney for one Sayreville War Memorial High School football coach confirms that his client, Michael Novak, has returned to teaching duties at the school after being reinstated Tuesday by unanimous vote of the Board of Education.
"Mr. Novak is happy to be able to return to work and that the board’s fair and deliberative investigation returned a just outcome," says Timothy Smith, Novak’s attorney.
Novak was one of five Sayreville football coaches–Novak, Edward Mish, Mark Poore Timothy Ballard and head football coach George Najjar–suspended from their teaching duties by the board last month amid hazing allegations involving members of the high school’s football team. Unlike the four assistant coaches, Najjar was not recommended for reinstatement.
A source with knowledge of their status tells NJ Advance Media that all of the assistant coaches have returned to their teaching duties at the high school. None of the coaches could be reached for comment.
The board’s action was just the latest development in the district’s ongoing investigation into the supervision of the football team. But despite the lifting of their suspensions, questions remains as to the future of some of the reinstated coaches, and about the investigation itself.