HSU coach steps away after DUI stop

Photo by Humboldt State Athletics – Tae Norwood

By Ray Hamill — For the second time this year the Humboldt State men’s basketball team is without a head coach after Tae Norwood announced he is “voluntarily” taking time away from the team after being stopped on the suspicion of driving under the influence.

Norwood was pulled over by CHP officers on Saturday night.

Norwood was hired this past summer to replace long-time HSU basketball coach Steve Kinder, who was relieved of his duties in March.

Norwood has yet to coach a game for the Jacks.

The new head coach apologized for his actions in a press release, saying “at this time, I will voluntarily be taking some time away from my duties as head coach.”

The HSU assistant coaches will continue to run the program for now.

HSU Athletics Director Jane Teixeira expressed her disappointment, adding that she believes “this will be a teachable moment and I support Tae taking time to reflect on what happened.”

Neither the university nor Norwood provided any details on how long his absence will last.

Norwood was Teixeira’s first coaching hire after being named new AD earlier this year.

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