Two former Brookfield school board members have been passed over for coaching positions in the district, claiming they are the victims of a personal vendetta by board president Joseph Pasquerilla.

On the same night the board avoided accepting Jerry Necastro’s offer to volunteer as a football coach, John Litman said his past criticism of Pasquerilla is preventing him from being re-hired as 8th-grade girls basketball coach.

Necastro, a former board president, appeared on a list of coaches recommended for approval by the board that high school principal John Yensick and athletic director Tim Taylor submitted to Superintendent Michael Notar for consideration at the May and June board meetings.

Necastro did not appear on either month’s meeting agenda, the product, he said, of having political views that conflict with Pasquerilla’s.

“It’s a personal vendetta by Joe Pasquerilla,” said Necastro, who has served as a volunteer football coach for several years. “That’s the bottom line. I disagree with Joe’s policies and I always have.”

Necastro cited his support of former Superintendent Joseph S. White and past decision to ask the community for tax increases as areas where he and Pasquerilla, who has been outspoken against White and higher taxes, disagree.

Residents overwhelmingly elected Pasquerilla and fellow board members Dean Fisher and Steve Varga in November.

“So basically he (Pasquerilla) got on the board and he’s going after everyone in Brookfield he didn’t like,” Necastro said.

Former board member John Litman, who guided the Brookfield 8th grade girls basketball team to a 16-2 record and a TAC-8 championship last year, also appeared on the recommended hire lists Notar received.

Litman did not appear on Wednesday’s agenda.

“I have been vocal against the president of this school board,” Litman said. “This is a vendetta and anybody with any common sense knows that.”

Litman said head girls basketball coach Shawn Hammond asked him to coach this season. Hammond signed an evaluation of Litman that shows he earned satisfactory scores, the highest ranking, in all coaching categories.

Pasquerilla and Superintendent Michael Notar, citing state law that prohibits them from commenting on individual hires, declined to discuss why specific coaching candidates were or were not hired.

“I don’t have a right to tell you a thing about why I did or did not hire someone,” Pasquerilla said.

Notar explained that the discretion of who is hired as a coach, whether paid or un-paid, is ultimately up to the school board.

“Everyone that wants to be a volunteer coach, it doesn’t mean that they’re going to be approved,” Notar said.

The board Wednesday hired Pasquerilla’s son, Joe Pasquerilla Jr., as a volunteer basketball coach. His name did not appear on the list of recommended coaching hires submitted to Notar last week.

Pasquerilla dismissed the implication that his son’s status as a volunteer has anything to do with his role as board president. He said first-year head boys basketball coach Thomas Roskos approached his son about serving as an assistant coach.

Roskos declined to comment on his staff, including the hiring of the younger Pasquerilla.

“I’m just not going to get involved,” Roskos said when reached at his home Wednesday night.

In reacting to questions about his son’s volunteer status, Pasquerilla defended all of the school board’s actions during the last six months.

“I would challenge anyone to say we violated any laws,” Pasquerilla said in what he assured The Herald would be his last comments to the newspaper about Brookfield schools.

After the board approved several other coaching hires Wednesday, Notar asked Pasquerilla if he should abstain from approving his son. Pasquerilla said it was okay for him to approve a family member because it is a volunteer, not a paid position.

While Litman said he is caught off-guard by not being re-hired, he wants to keep his name in consideration for the coaching job, at least until the board votes on his job.

“I want them to have to sit up there and say ‘yes’ or ‘no,’” he said.

Necastro said he told Notar he is no longer interested in contributing to Brookfield schools.

“I’m done,” Necastro said. “It’s over. I don’t have an issue with it. It’s over.”

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