DESTREHAN, La. – An assistant football coach and his girlfriend have been charged after the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office said they admitted to obtaining unauthorized access to a competitor's web site.
The news comes on the same day that the LHSAA ordered Destrehan High to forfeit its win over South Lafourche High school and five assistants were hit with sanctions.
Destrehan assistant Ryan Fournier and his girlfriend Emily Guidry were charged with misdemeanor offenses against criminal property and were issued a summons.
Sheriff Craig Webre said Guidry received the log-in information to the South Lafourche High section of a web site that allows teams to store film, game plans and such, from a former South Lafourche player, who is a current student at the school.
Webre said Fournier admitted to using the information he gained on the web site during the team's 49-24 win over South Lafourche last Friday.
The LHSAA awarded South Lafourche High a forfeit win over previously unbeaten Destrehan. The forfeited loss drops Destrehan to 7-1 on the season. The school is ranked 5th in the latest statewide 5A prep poll. The LHSAA said Destrehan would still be eligible for postseason play.
Administrators at South Lafourche asked the LHSAA to take action after it said it discovered that Destrehan coaches had accessed the site to watch South Lafourche practice video.
In addition to the forfeit, five coaches - Ryan Fournier, Lance Ledet, Daniel Luquet, Wayne Sentillis, and Greg Boyne - are subject to a year's probation, and none of them can be in the press box with the team or traveling to and from games with the team for the remainder of the regular season. Fournier's penalty extends to the postseason.
The LHSAA's statement said the organization did not have the authority to prevent the coaches from assisting in normal practices or activities at the school and said any such discipline is left to the school.
The school will also receive an undisclosed fine and be forced to pay any legal costs of the proceedings.