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.LASALLE