Delsea's Sal Marchese, one of South Jersey's most successful football coaches, has been placed on administrative leave pending a Board of Education investigation into possible academic misconduct, a source close to the situation told The Inquirer on Friday.
Marchese has been Delsea's coach for 21 seasons. He was named the Brooks Irvine Memorial Football Club's Coach of the Year after last season, when Delsea won its second consecutive South Jersey Group 3 championship.
The administrative leave, a suspension with pay, stems from accusations of irregularities in testing in a health and physical education class in November, the source said.
The Sentinel of Gloucester County, a weekly newspaper based in Malaga, reported this week that Delsea Board of Education president Mario Christina made a motion during the public session of a special meeting Jan. 18 to continue Marchese's administrative leave to allow for further investigation.