December 21, 2014

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Coach charged with kicking spectator during basketball game

ELYRIA — Police have charged a North Ridgeville coach who allegedly kicked a spectator during a basketball game Sunday at Elyria Catholic High School.

Brian Chrosniak, 42, was arrested and charged with assault Monday after turning himself in at the police station.

Chrosniak, a basketball coach at St. Peter School in North Ridgeville, allegedly “mule
kicked” and “butt bumped” a spectator during a basketball game against Our Lady of Angels School in Cleveland.

The alleged victim, Lizabeth Buescher, of Cleveland, told police that she and her husband were watching their 13-year-old son’s basketball game at Elyria Catholic High School when she was approached by Chrosniak, who accused her of making noises during a foul shot.

Buescher said Chrosniak continued to yell at her, although she denied making the noises, according to a police report.

Buescher said that Our Lady of the Angels had beaten St. Peter School, and there was tension over the game.
Buescher said Chrosniak continued to yell at her and her 13-year-old son regarding the noises made during the game. She said her son told Chrosniak, “It doesn’t matter if we won the game.”

According to Buescher, Chrosniak then turned and kicked her once in the leg, causing her to lose her balance on the steps leading up from the playing floor. She said after Chrosniak pushed her with his buttocks, she fell down five steps, hitting her head and landing on her tailbone.

Police said Buescher denied medical treatment at the scene, but she said she might seek treatment later.

Buescher told police that after the situation had calmed, Chrosniak apologized for pushing her. She wanted to press criminal charges, however.

Police spoke with Buescher’s husband, who obtained the license plate number of Chrosniak’s vehicle. He and three people who were at the game said they witnessed Chrosniak use his buttocks to push Buescher down the steps.

Attempts to reach repre- sentatives of St. Peter School were unsuccessful Thursday.

According to St. Peter School’s website, the North Ridgeville school is open to preschool through eighth-grade students. The school’s mission is “to welcome each person, nurturing his or her spiritual gifts in a Catholic family environment while promoting diversity, open- ness and respect.”

Sunday’s incident isn’t the first reported feud during a basketball game in Elyria.

A Strongsville Schools’ basketball coach was placed on leave, and she and three others were charged for their part in a fight during a Strongsville-Elyria girls basketball game Dec. 14.

Police said the fight began after derogatory statements were made among spectators of each team. The Strongsville coach then allegedly pushed an Elyria woman, leading to a physical fight.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @ChelseaMillerCT.