Mounties Coach Responds To NJSIAA’s Decision to Strip North Bergen of State Title

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 07, 2012 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

Yesterday, the NJSIAA granted an appeal made by Montclair to strip the North Bergen Bruins of the State Championship Title. Vincent Ascolese, the football coach at NBHS for 39 years, (and his family), were found guilty of recruiting two key players.

The Mounties coach, John Fiore, spoke with Barista Kids today about why Montclair appealed NJSIAA’s original decision to place the athletic department on two years probation, but allow North Bergen to keep the title…

“The only reason we appealed is because we didn’t think that North Bergen received a fair punishment. And we didn’t think it sent a good message. We wanted to make sure that the message out there stated clearly that recruiting is wrong.,” Fiore said.

When we asked why Montclair didn’t try to get the title for themselves, Fiore said, “We didn’t want the title that way. It has to be won on the field.”

The Mounties will play against the North Bergen Bruins in the season opener on September 8 at 1 pm at Woodman Field.


  1. POSTED BY cathar  |  June 10, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

    It’s very sad that this matter hasn’t apparently engendered any replies to date. But then, this is Baristanet and even a pat on the back to local jocks is rare in coming. (But open a new take-out joint or solicit funds for your new CD….)

    Please tell me, too, that the photo above of the team and its coaching staff has been cropped somehow. I mean, yes, in Texas and other pats of the West they do play seven on a side football, but this is NJ. I also noted how many black players and coaches are pcitured above, which makes Montclair football, whatever level it plays at, far more integrated than Baristanet in general.

  2. POSTED BY PAZ  |  June 11, 2012 @ 9:11 am

    Cathar….I do believe this thread was closed to comments. Somehow you broke the code!

  3. POSTED BY PAZ  |  June 11, 2012 @ 9:13 am

    More coaches then players?…..Hmmmmm. Your tax dollars at work.

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