Thursday , Jul , 08 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Report: Explorers’ basketball coaches both suspended

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – La Salle men’s basketball head coach Billy
Hahn and women’s head coach John Miller were both reportedly put on
administrative leave with pay on Thursday.

According to the Philadelphia Daily News, the two coaches were suspended
because of the ongoing sexual-assault allegations against two men’s basketball

On June 24, a 19-year-old student from the University of New Haven in
Connecticut told Philadelphia police that she had been raped in the early
morning. The student said the incident took place in a dormitory at St. Miguel
Court on the La Salle campus after a party where there had been drinking.

There have not been any arrests made, although police have questioned two
Explorer players, who voluntarily submitted DNA samples at the time of

In a letter sent last week to La Salle students by Dean of Students Joseph J.
Cicala, he advised that the basketball players in question were no longer
enrolled nor living at the school.

Police are also continuing to investigate an accusation by a 20-year-old La
Salle student that a men’s basketball player raped her in April 2003. The
woman, who is a player on the women’s basketball team, came forward shortly
after the student from the University of New Haven said she had been
assaulted. According to police, though, the woman claims she was told by her
coaches to keep the incident quiet.

Under federal law, schools must tell alleged sexual-assault victims of their
rights to notify law enforcement.

The announcement of the administrative leave for Hahn and Miller came just one
day before the summer recruiting period began, which allows coaches to be able
to evaluate prep prospects at basketball camps across the country.