La Salle coaches Hahn, Miller resign
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – La Salle University men’s basketball coach
Billy Hahn and women’s coach John Miller both stepped down from their
respective posts Saturday.
Hahn and Miller were placed on paid administrative leave in early July
amid a pair of rape cases — both of which involve men’s basketball players
and a former member of the women’s team.
The former women’s team member reported to police in late June that she had
been raped in April 2003 by a member of the men’s team. That woman is said to
have told the coaches of the incident.
It is unclear whether the coaches, Hahn and Miller, reported the incident to
their superiors, but according to federal law the coaches are require to tell
the complaintant of her rights to contact the police.
According to La Salle president Brother Michael J. McGinniss. the school will
not tolerate personal interpretation of the rules regarding the safety of the
students and community.
If the coaches discouraged the woman from reporting the 2003 incident to
police or did not contact authorities themselves, they would be violation of
the Jeanne Clery Act, a federal law.
That law requires colleges and universities to disclose information about
crime on and near their campuses.
The police investigation of the 2003 rape allegation was reportedly given to
the district attorney’s office on Monday.
Further damaging to Hahn’s status was a second rape in June 2004 of a summer
camp counselor by two members of his team.
Michael Cleaves and leading scorer Gary Neal are awaiting trial on rape and
other related charges for the June incident. Both players are no longer
students at the school.
In three seasons at the helm of the Explorers, Hahn recorded a 37-53 mark
and had three seasons remaining on his contract. Including a stint as head
coach at Ohio University, Hahn’s overall record is 79-99.
Miller, who has been the head coach at La Salle for 18 years, compiled a
record of 317-203. He went 2-2 in two NCAA tournament appearances and has
been named Philadelphia Big 5 Coach of the Year three times.
While Hahn was on leave, recently hired assistant Bill Dooley was overseeing
the men’s team. In Miller’s absence, 17-year assistant Tom Lochner was running
the women’s program.