SAYREVILLE, N.J. (AP) — The coach of the New Jersey high school football program that had its season canceled amid hazing and sexual assault allegations won't be back on the sideline this year.

Sayreville Public Schools has posted the position of head coach, which was held by George Najjar.

Sayreville school superintendent Dr. Richard Labbe, at a press conference last October. (Courtesy of PIX 11)

Superintendent Rick Labbe says in a statement that officials are launching a comprehensive search to find the next leader of the football program.

Najjar remains suspended indefinitely with pay from his tenured physical education teaching position. Najjar compiled a 165-54 record during 20 seasons at Sayreville, including going 21-13 in postseason play.

More than 1,000 people have signed a petition to support Najjar.

The 2014 season was canceled days before seven players were accused of hazing and sexually assaulting four teammates inside the locker room.

None of the coaches have been charged.


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