Out of coaching, Hahn to hit lecture circuit

Ex-coach says he didn't try to dissuade player

College Basketball

July 28, 2004|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

AMBLER, Pa. - Former La Salle men's basketball coach Billy Hahn spoke yesterday in an effort to clear his name - and announce plans to hit the lecture circuit - three days after taking a negotiated settlement to leave the school.

Hahn and women's basketball coach John Miller resigned under pressure Saturday, in the wake of recent rape charges against two men's basketball players and allegations that another rape went unreported last year. Gary Neal, a former Calvert Hall player, is one of the players who was charged.

Hahn, accompanied by his wife and daughter, denied the allegations related to last year's incident, that he discouraged a La Salle women's basketball player from reporting an alleged rape by one of the men's players. Hahn said he asked the woman if she wanted to press charges and that she chose not to.

"At no time was there an intention to hide this," Hahn said. "We decided not to take it any further. If I made a mistake, it was an honest mistake to let a 20-year-old woman not go any further."

But the mistake put Hahn, a former Maryland assistant who went to Philadelphia in 2001, out of coaching for the first time in 29 years. It's one he hopes to help others avoid through speaking engagements at any schools willing to hear him.

With the failure of the coaches to report their meetings with the woman, La Salle was in violation of the Clery Act, requiring schools to inform alleged sexual assault victims of their rights to take their complaints to police. It is named after a Lehigh University student who was raped and murdered on campus in 1986.

"No one educated me on the Clery Act," Hahn said.

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