St. Mary's basketball coach put on leave after rape accusation

September 30, 1999|By Michael Hill | Michael Hill,SUN STAFF

The St. Mary's College men's basketball coach, charged with raping a 22-year-old woman at his Southern Maryland apartment, has been placed on administrative leave by the school.

Coatlin Othell Wilson, 38, will be paid during the leave, according to Betty Clayton, St. Mary's spokeswoman.

"At this point, basically we are treating this as an incident between him and the young lady involved," Clayton said. "We are cooperating with local law enforcement personnel."

Wilson, who uses his middle name, was a star player at the University of Virginia in the early 1980s. He was hired by St. Mary's a year ago as an assistant coach and was named head coach last month but had not become a prominent figure on campus.

Several basketball players refused to comment.

"This is kind of a quiet school, and we don't normally have stuff like this happen," Henderson said. "We just don't have much violent crime around here."

Wilson was arrested Monday on charges of kidnapping, false imprisonment, first-degree rape, first-degree sex offense and assault charges. He was being held without bond yesterday at the St. Mary's County Detention Center.

According to a report of the St. Mary's County sheriff's office, the woman told police that Wilson picked her up at her home in Fairfax, Va., for a dinner date Friday, then threatened her and drove her to his apartment in St. Inigoes.

The woman, who had dated Wilson but broke up with him around Labor Day, she said, was detained at the apartment during the weekend, repeatedly threatened and assaulted, physically and sexually, according to the report. Wilson is alleged to have returned the woman to Virginia Sunday, threatening her with harm if she told anyone.

At Virginia, Wilson was chosen for the All-Atlantic Coast Conference team three times. His teams went to the NCAA Final Four in 1981 and 1984. He later played in the NBA for the Sacramento Kings and the Golden State Warriors.

Sun staff writer Christian Ewell, contributing writer Neil Irwin and the Associated Press provided information for this article.

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