Sandia AD removed after contraband scandal

Former Sandia Athletic Director Tom Knauber

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The athletic director, accused of planting drug contraband in a coach’s office, is out of his job at Sandia High, but he’s not out of a job altogether.

APS confirms Sandia High AD Tom Knauber had a hearing before the district’s disciplinary committee Thursday night and the committee has decided to move Knauber to another school within the district.

Knauber is accused of planting drug contraband in Coach Alvin Broussard’s office earlier this year. Broussard is the head boys’ basketball coach at sandia.

According to sources, the high school had received an anonymous call about contraband in Broussard’s desk. Administrators said they did not have probable cause to search the office, so sources say Knauber went in and came out with contraband.

Knauber is accused of planting it there in the first place.

APS confirmed Knauber was placed on administrative leave in May because of allegations of misconduct.

The District Disciplinary Committee had other options, including suspension or termination, but decided to move him to another school.

Knauber is licensed as a social studies teacher.

He could appeal to Superintendent Winston Brooks, but an APS spokesperson says Brooks approved the move.

Calls to Knauber were unsuccessful.

Broussard’s attorney says he believes the decision to move Knauber to another school gives credence to the allegations.

Six years ago, Broussard’s predecessor Adrian Ortega left Sandia. He recently told the Albuquerque Journal that he was forced out after Knauber made up allegations about him. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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