Deputies: coach wanted to win, pushed steroid use
DONALDSONVILLE - Investigators believe a coach's hunger to win drove him to give his high school student athlete steroids.
Tuesday, Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Tony Bacala said what happened at Donaldsonville High is no joke. Aphysical education teacher was arrested for distributing steroids to a student.
"I think the coach had in mind like a lot of coaches. He wanted this young man to win," said Bacala.
Curtis Tsuruda, a strength and conditioning coach and teacher at Donaldsonville since last fall, faces charges. He's currently on administrative leave.
Detectives say Tsuruda gave the student steroids, but told the student they were protein pills to better help his athletic performance.
"The parents of this child noticed over a week period of time that his behavior started to change and that's when the young man provided to his parents that he had been receiving pills from his coach," explained Bacala. "That may be the reason that he was having some emotional issues and that's what really lead to this investigation."
Detectives say Tsuruda confessed to the whole thing. Deputies went to Tsuruda's home in St. John Parish, where additional steroid pills were found.
Superintendent Patrice Pujol says Tsuruda's background, prior to coming to the district, was stellar. According to a social media account, purportedly belonging to him, list previous employers as LSU and Tulane athletic departments.
"If this is indeed what happened as reported, then that is a great breach in that public trust and that is just unfortunate for our students," said Pujol.
The school district believes this is an isolated incident, but the investigation is ongoing.
Tsuruda was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail, where he is awaiting bond.