Terps basketball assistant coach Dalonte Hill taking leave of absence

October 22, 2013

(2011 photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Maryland assistant men’s basketball coach Dalonte Hill will take a leave of absence from the program, effective immediately.

A statement released by the school on Tuesday cited “personal matters,” and a Maryland spokesman declined further comment. Maryland arrest records show that Hill was cited Sunday night for driving under the influence, his second such offense since joining the Terrapins in 2011 and third as a college basketball coach after being arrested in 2008 on the same charge while at Kansas State.

“I appreciate the support and encouragement I’ve received from Coach Turgeon and the athletic department,” Hill said in a statement. “But at this time it is in my best interest to take a leave of absence from the Maryland basketball program and focus my attention on some personal matters that need to be dealt with.”

According to the spokesman, Hill will be retained on staff.

Maryland public arrest records show Hill was booked on five charges after being stopped Sunday evening on North Laurel Road in Laurel: driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol; attempting to drive a vehicle while impaired by alcohol; attempting to drive a vehicle while impaired by controlled dangerous substance; attempting to drive a vehicle while impaired by drugs or alcohol or alcohol and drugs; and failure to control vehicle speed on highway to avoid collision.

In 2012, Hill pleaded guilty to driving while impaired by alcohol after he was arrested in January of that year on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. He received probation.

“We will support him through this process,” Coach Mark Turgeon said in a statement. “We want him to focus on his personal life. Basketball is secondary at this point. His primary focus needs to be on his health and well-being.”

Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson said he accepted Hill’s decision and encouraged him to “take the time he needs to address these personal issues.”

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.
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