Skip to comments.Alhambra High School Coaches Fired After Players Given Performance Enhancers (Creatine)
Posted on 07/12/2013 11:40:43 AM PDT by rarestia
Alhambra High School officials have dismissed the institutions football coaching staff after it emerged players had been given nutritional supplement Creatine to enhance their performance on the field.
Head coach Chuck Leonardis told the Pasadena Star News seven players had been given the organic acid by his staff after the students had asked about it.
Athletic director Jerry DeSantis confirmed the school was in the process of a coaching change.
Leonardis denied doing anything wrong.
He said players were given extremely low dosages of Creatine, which is naturally synthesized in the human body for muscle use. He also said he asked students to alert their parents.
We were very up front and did not recommend it. We had the kids talk to their parents. Its a legal over-the-counter supplement and we did not break any school rules, Leonardis said.
Principal Duane Russell announced the decision after a parent who was not notified complained, according to the Star News.
The outlet reports Leonardis had been appointed to the position in December after his predecessor, Joe Kanach, was fired mid-season for alleged misconduct.
The schools football season is scheduled to kick off August 30.
Officials expect to announce Leonardis replacement before that time.
Furthermore, it’s a naturally-occurring amino acid. It helps to increase the hydrostatic pressure limit of muscle cells, thus increasing the “pump” you can get while staving off the “burn” from lactic acid build up.
I used the stuff for years, and if used properly, it’s a great booster for weight training when you’ve hit your plateau.
It’s not really a performance enhancer as much as it allows for faster recovery.
Creatine is one product that people have tried to trash but failed miserably. Hell fish oil has more side affects.
I think the issue is they didn’t require written permission from the parents
I’m a Moor - class of 76, dear old dad was class 40.
That would be a reasonable conclusion.
A letter sent home, explaining what creatine does and getting permission for their child to use it should have been the first step.
I thought it said Alabama High School.
My son starting college baseball this year uses it. Strong as an ox too, will by far be the strongest new player coming in. What the heck. Good stuff.
I got my 16 year old on it he’s close to 6’5” and only about 170. That and as much milk as he can stomach.
Ok, but if the schools gives girls the MORNING AFTER PILL it is ok...what is wrong with the school!!!
High school football is almost as bad as college football.
Sobe puts in it energy drinks...
There is no legal or scientific basis for this action.
I have my own issues w creatine and understand why many pro-sport locker-rooms ban it.
It builds the muscle, but not the connective tissue.
The result is torn tendons and 3 months to heal.
All things remotely masculine are bad and evil.
Somehow “creatine” is masculine. Not sure how, but it is.
parents should beat the crap outta them
My alma mater Whittier High used to be in the Pacific League, along with Alhambra High, so I saw the Cardinals take on the Moors on two occasions. Whittier left to join the newly-created Whitmont League in 1968. Two years earlier, we had a good football team quarterbacked by future USC star Bob Chandler, but El Rancho in Pico Rivera dominated the league—their 1966 team was arguably the best high school football team in the nation that year.
At the time, my mother was teaching English at El Rancho. She also taught English and journalism at Mark Keppel in Alhambra during the late 1940’s.
What a load of crap. Creatine is legal and can be bought anywhere. This is equivalent to comparing Gatorade as performance enhancer.
I sure wish my son’s football coach would “give” him some creatine because it is expensive to purchase LOL!!
I coached 3 seasons of high school baseball and the only thing I tried to give those kids was the benefit of my experience with the game.
Alhambra’s coach had no right to give them anything related to chemical “performance enhancement”. That they’re moving him out, I believe, is the right decision.
I’m sorry. But the card says “Moops.”
Well I am fine with what you are saying as far as being a coach trying to do this for players, if that is a line that can’t be crossed with anything else, then yes fire them.
However if they are allowed to administer anything else but figured they should crack down because it was creatine then of course they are dumb-asses.
Creatine is not a drug, it’s a supplement.
Might as well criminalize protein shakes.
How about Gatorade?
If they brought it onto the field themselves for hydration purposes. Heck, I did too. And if anyone was taking any “performance enhancers” at home, there’s little I could do about that unless I noticed some (likely negative) trend in a player’s overall demeanor. But I certainly would never have provided it for them.
I was asked about a lot of things (Vietnam fascinated them endlessly), and I always tried to be as forthright as I could with them.
I told them marijuana use at height of their brain development was destructively bad and that if they had to smoke it they should wait until they were twenty-five or so, and then see how they felt about it.
I was proud of them that they at least seemed as close to the straight and narrow as the “typical” modern high school environment would yield.
And they made me fee like a kid again, which at 63, was as great as the rest of it put together.
I’d like to coach again when we move to SC. They’re just about going into eighth grade now. I’ll try hard to be ready.
Wow... were you a power lifter? I used it for regular building of mass, but I also took Yoga, Tae Kwon Do, did regular calisthenics, and ran 10-15 miles a week. In over 5 years of using creatine, the worst problem I had was headaches from poor water consumption (waste removal).
If you don't take a whole-body approach to weight training, you will absolutely get hurt. I wasn't trying to bulk up for a competition or show, and I maintained a healthy regimen of heavy weight training combined with flexibility and cardiovascular exercise to maintain systemic health.
I know too many young guys who try to beef up into mega men only to be sidelined by massive injuries such as you describe. Best example: working show muscles (traps, pecs, abdominals, biceps, anterior and medial deltoid heads, quads) while ignoring their supporting and partnering muscles (lats, inguinals, glutes, triceps, posterior deltoid and rhomboid, hamstrings).
I knew AHS cheated.
Are they still called “The Moores” or do they have a more PC name?
There's like a chemical witch hunt going on out there.
Still the Moors.
Guess you can’t really dis’ 15th century scum.