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Louisiana HS football coach charged after accessing opponent's Hudl.com site

LHSAA hands down sanctions against Destrehan, orders forfeit of win over South LaFourche


Destrehan (La.) assistant football coach Ryan Fournier and his girlfriend, Emily Guidry, were charged with “offenses against Intellectual Property,” and issued a summons by Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre on Wednesday afternoon for their part in obtaining computer information on South Lafourche High School’s football team without authorization.

Both were issued a summons and were charged with the misdemeanor criminal offense, according to LPSO public information officer Brennan Matherne.

“A summons is essentially the same thing as an arrest, although they don’t have to go through the bonding out process. They just get a summons to appear in court,” Matherne told The Times. “It is a criminal offense, but since it’s a misdemeanor we have the option of just giving them a summons instead of booking them into jail.”

An LPSO release said the pair were charged after “admitting they obtained access to a (Hudl.com) website without authorization and obtained information sensitive to the South Lafourche High School football program. "

Fournier and Guidry could face a fine of not more than $500 or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both.

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association earlier in the day handed down sanctions against Fournier and four additional Destrehan assistant coaches, including Lance Ledet, Daniel Luquet, Wayne Sentillis and Greg Boyne for their actions in the incident.

Destrehan High School was fined $1,000 and all five football coaches were reprimanded, along with having their LHSCA coaching cards revoked for the remainder of the school year. Fournier cannot coach during a game again for the remainder of the season and the other four can only coach from the press box for any Destrehan playoff games. The Wildcats were 8-0 and ranked fifth in Class 5A before having to forfeit Friday’s 49-24 win over the Tarpons, who are now 5-3, 4-1 in District 7-5A.

“We’ve have never dealt with anything like this before,” LHSAA executive director Kenny Henderson told The Times on Tuesday.

According to reports, Fournier used a South LaFourche player to secure the Tarpons’ username and password and spent roughly 12 hours on the Hudl.com site viewing practices.

“The LHSAA does not have the authority to restrict the five coaches in question from assisting with the team at any time other than interscholastic contests; therefore, the five coaches in question can assist with football practice with the permission of the principal of Destrehan High School,” according to the LHSAA notice of rule violation.

Destrehan must also pay the cost of the investigation, including any costs from the LHSAA attorney and costs incurred by South Lafourche in obtaining evidence to prove the case. All five coaches involved in the incident are required to complete the NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching elective course entitled, “Teaching and Modeling Behavior,” by the end of the year.

Jimmy Watson also writes for the Shreveport (La.) Times.

 

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