October 1, 2014

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Youth basketball coach placed in diversion program

ELYRIA — A Catholic Youth Organization basketball coach at St. Peter Parish in North Ridgeville was placed in a diversion program last week for a December incident in which he was accused of kicking and “butt bumping” a parent after a game.

Brian Chrosniak, 43, pleaded no contest to assault, but the charge will be dropped if he successfully completes the diversion program in Elyria Municipal Court.

According to an Elyria police report, the altercation happened after a game Dec. 22 at Elyria Catholic High School between St. Peter and Cleveland’s Our Lady of Angels School.

The victim in the case, Lizabeth Buescher, told police she and her husband were watching their son’s basketball game when Chrosniak came up to her and accused her of making noise during a foul shot, the report said.

Buescher denied making the noises and told police Chrosniak continued to yell at her. Ultimately, she told police, Chrosniak turned and kicked her in the leg, which caused her to fall down five steps, hit her head and land on her tailbone. She declined medical treatment.

Paul St. Marie, Chrosniak’s attorney, said the details of the incident weren’t entirely clear.

“There were a substantial number of witnesses from both sides of the event and that made it difficult to find out what actually happened,” he said.

Chrosniak was walking away from the argument with Buescher following him when she fell, St. Marie said, and it wasn’t clear what kind of physical contact there was. He said Chrosniak had his back to her with a duffel bag full of basketballs slung across his back when Buescher fell.

St. Marie said Chrosniak isn’t involved with youth sports at this time but will likely resume coaching once he completes the diversion program.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @BradDickenCT.