Saturday January 19, 2013

Taconic High School is seeking a new football coach after Vin Barbarotta and his staff were not retained.

Barbarotta said a school investigation into a trip he and his coaches took with several students to a University of Connecticut football game determined some coaches had consumed alcohol. Barbarotta said his contract was not renewed because it was viewed as a "bad example."

"Some of my coaches had a beer," Barbarotta said. "There was nothing out of it. Investigation came out that there was beer there, but it was sold there. It was a bad example, basically."

Both Pittsfield Public Schools Athletic Director Jim Abel and Taconic Principal John Vosburgh declined comment on the incident, calling it a personnel matter.

"The law prevents me from commenting on personnel issues," Vosburgh said. "I can't comment on anything that involves any of our employees."

Barbarotta was head coach for two seasons. Taconic went 4-14 under him.

Abel said the posting for a new coach is open until February 4. He anticipates interviews beginning in mid to late February, with a coach in place by March 1.

The AD said he really wants to see a coach who can bring "energy and passion to the program." Barbarotta said he thinks the school is searching for some "fresh blood" to reinvigorate the program.

"I really think Jim and Mr. Vosburgh are thinking outside the box," Barbarotta said. "They need a nice, young, fresh [coach]."