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Omaha Coach Referred for Charges After Winning State

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Clarification: 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16th: Police referred the coach to the county attorney's office for disturbing the peace. She was not cited as stated previously, but referred for charges.

As back to back state champs, the Cougars of Omaha Gross hoisted the championship trophy high Saturday night after beating Grand Island Northwest.

For coach Korrine Schuster, the celebration continued long into the night, until at least 2:45 a.m. when police got a call at the team hotel. 

"Had a disturbance complaint at the location," Officer Butch Hurst of the Grand Island Police Department said.

No one was arrested, but police say coach Schuster had to be removed from the property.

Hurst said, "At the time officers thought she was intoxicated and she alleges she was coach of Omaha Gross."

It's not clear what happened at the Midtown Holiday Inn, just blocks away from the championship site, the Heartland Events Center. The police report makes no reference whether or not any girls were involved.

"No, nothing about that," Hurst said.

It is enough for the school to take action. The administrator at Omaha Gross, Beckie Cleveland
apologized for actions out of line with the Catholic school's mission and said Schuster was no
longer employed there, but declined further comment.

The now former coach's next action may not be on the court, but in one. 

"A female was being referred to the Hall County Attorney's Office for disturbing the peace," Officer Hurst said.

Volleyball's in the family for the Schusters. Korrine's husband Nick coached Millard North to state. But her Omaha Gross team's win is now tarnished.

NTV attempted to contact Ms. Schuster, but no public listing was found. The hotel did not return calls for comment.

For most of the Lincoln and Omaha teams, this was their first hotel stay at state, because of the tournament's move to Grand Island. 

Reporter's Notes by Steve White:
Omaha Gross beat the hometown Vikings of Northwest in a game played 6:30 p.m. Saturday night at the Heartland Events Center. Gross won in four sets, 25-22, 26-24, 21-25, 25-18.

This was the first year the tournament was hosted by Grand Island and Hastings after 30 years in Lincoln. Grand Island / Hastings will host the event again in 2011. It will be up for bid again in April. At that time, the Nebraska School Activities Association will decide where to host the tournament in 2012 and 2013.

It is not clear if the coach was fired or resigned on her own. NTV contacted officials at Omaha Gross and offered them the opportunity to be interviewed or issue a statement. The school declined and would only say the coach "was no longer employed" by the school, but would not clarify if that was their choice or Schusters.


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