ARCATA, Calif. (KIEM) – Humboldt State University Men’s Basketball Head Coach Tae Norwood was stopped by California Highway Patrol on suspicion of driving under the influence. According to HSU, the incident took place on October 3 in Arcata.
Norwood says he will take time away from his coaching duties. In the meantime, Athletics Director Jane Teixeira says coaching duties will be transferred to Norwood’s coaching staff in his absence. The team will continue to practice on a limited basis amid the COVID-19 pandemic. HSU is working with CHP to address the situation and gather more facts.
Norwood released the following statement in response to the news:
“Last night, I was stopped by police on suspicion of driving under the influence. I am aware that my actions this weekend have disappointed and let down many people. No one is more disappointed in myself than I am. As the leader of the Humboldt State men’s basketball program I am responsible for holding myself to the highest standards and I take full accountability for my actions.
“I would like to apologize to the HSU community, student athletes, coaching staff, and administration for such poor judgement. At this time, I will voluntarily be taking some time away from my duties as head coach.
“I would genuinely appreciate the opportunity to have a second chance and learn from my actions. I am sincere in both my remorse and regret, and my commitment to improve. During my time away, I plan to attend counseling and volunteer for community service.
“This experience will unequivocally help me become a better man, role model, and coach.”