Don Bosco alumni defend longtime coach after ouster
For former Don Bosco Prep football players, the departure of longtime coach Greg Toal is personal.
Toal is widely credited with putting Don Bosco on the national map. His teams helped change the landscape of prep football in New Jersey. He recently marked his 300th win and was celebrated as one of the top 25 high school coaches in the country. Now, Toal finds himself out of a job.
School President Father Jim Heuser originally said Toal retired. But a week later, he wrote in a letter to alumni that he had decided Toal had to go.
Heuser says Toal backed out of an agreement to retire. Toal has not commented, and has hired an attorney.
Sources tell News 12 that the relationship between the longtime coach and the president was not perfect. After Toal's departure, Don Bosco quickly replaced him with his assistant coach, former quarterback Mike Teel.
While many alumni say they want Teel to succeed, they're still unclear about the program's future. And alums like former quarterback Steve Levy says other grads should hit Bosco where it hurts, by withholding donations following Toal's ouster.
Levy was an all-state standout who cot a scholarship to Cal-Berkeley, and he credits Toal with his success.
"I have a huge problem with that -- a guy that's given his entire life to the institution of Don Bosco," Levy says.