Former La Salle University men's basketball coach Billy Hahn took no action a year ago when first approached by a female student who says she was sexually assaulted by one of his players.
But Hahn, who acknowledged his inaction at a news conference yesterday in Philadelphia, denied ever discouraging the woman from going to police, and said he kept silent about their conversation at her request.
"I asked her several times, 'What do you want me to do about this? What do you want me to do about this? Do you want me to take it further? Do you want to go on with this?' She told me she just wanted to forget about it, and let it go away," Hahn said.
Hahn resigned last week after two of his former players were charged with raping a 19-year-old woman who had been working at a youth basketball camp run by John Miller, the coach of La Salle's women's basketball team. Miller also resigned.
During the investigation that led to those charges, a second woman came forward and reportedly told police she had been sexually assaulted by another male basketball player at La Salle in 2003 while she was a member of the women's team.
The woman said she had informed both Miller and Hahn that she had been assaulted, but decided not to file charges when the coaches discouraged her from doing so, police said.
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The ruling stemmed from a 1998 federal lawsuit filed by Diane Madsen and Jay Roberts-Eveland, the parents of two Grand Rapids area girls, who contended that playing in nontraditional seasons hurts the participating athletes by limiting their opportunities for athletic scholarships and to play in club or Olympic Development Programs, which caused them to miss opportunities for awards and recognition.
A similar suit in Virginia forced the Virginia High School League to alter the seasons in which some of its sports teams competed.
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