Lynn Taylor, a longtime health and physical education teacher who also coached field hockey in the district, has been named Sayreville High School’s new athletics director.
The Board of Education unanimously approved Taylor, who was hired effective July 1 at a salary of $106,020, to succeed interim athletics director Nick Pizzulli.
Pizzulli held the post since Jan. 8 after the school board accepted the resignation, effective June 30, of former athletics director John Kohutanycz, whose football program generated national headlines last fall when seven players were charged in connection with the hazing and sexual assault of four teammates.
“I think there is no better person at this time to go into that position and fix what needs to be fixed,” Sayreville Board of Education President Michael Macagnone said at the district’s last school board meeting, “because I’ve been observing Lynn Taylor personally for the last 12 years or so, and you want to talk about a consummate professional, you want to talk about somebody whose no nonsense, you want to talk about somebody who is going to get the job done, you want to talk about somebody who is going to get the respect of the coaches, I think it’s Lynn Taylor.”
Sayreville Schools Superintendent Richard Labbe said at the district’s last school board meeting, “(Taylor) has had an exemplary record as an educator in this district, as a coach in this district, and more so she is an inspiring leader that I cannot wait to have the opportunity to work very closely with.”
Kohutanycz was suspended – school officials never provided a reason for his suspension – with pay on Dec. 17 and went on medical leave through accrued sick leave from Jan. 7 through March 31. He was placed on administrative leave from April 1 through June 30.