ELYRIA, OH -- A North Ridgeville CYO basketball coach has entered a plea of not guilty to a misdemeanor simple assault charge, accused of taking his frustrations out on the mother of a 13-year-old player from an opposing team.
Elyria police say the charge was filed against Brian Chrosniak, 42, a CYO basketball coach at St. Peter School.
According to police, St. Peter was among schools playing in a tournament on
December 22 at Elyria Catholic High School.
"During some foul shots by the St. Peter's team, apparently there was somebody in the stands making some noise during foul shots," said Elyria Police Captain Christopher Constantino.
"Later on, after the game, the coach of the St. Peter's team tracked down what he thought, or thought the person making these noises," said Constantino.
That person was the mother of a 13-year-old player from Our Lady of Angels School in Cleveland.
The mother, Lizabeth Buescher, told police she denied being the person making the noise, but Chrosniak got in front of her on the stairs leading out of the gymnasium.
"He was upset. There was an allegation that he mule kicked the female and then as the female was walking up some steps, actually forced his buttocks into her twice, which actually caused her to fall down twice," said Constantino.
Police tell Fox 8 that the woman fell down several of the stairs, hitting her head and tail bone, but denied medical treatment at the school.
She told police that the coach did later apologize for pushing her down the steps.
Police reports say Chrosniak was identified after other parents at the game were able to record the license plate on his car.
Fox 8 News caught up with Chrosniak outside of the St. Peter School on Thursday. He declined an opportunity to comment while the case remained in the courts.
CYO Basketball commissioner Jerry Hansen, who was running a basketball practice at the school, said he knows Chrosniak well and did not believe the accusation.
Hansen declined to make any other comment.
Police filed the simple assault charge, saying there were three neutral third-party witnesses who claim to have witnessed the confrontation.
"There was a much better way to handle this situation," said Captain Constantino, adding "obviously, he could have got CYO officials involved. They were at the school. If he thought fans were making noises that were inappropriate, it could have been addressed at that time, but waiting 'till after the fact to approach her, she denied it and it probably should have been ended there."