Dalonte Hill, the Maryland men’s basketball assistant who last month was charged with his third DUI in the past five years, has resigned from the program effective immediately, an individual with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday morning.
Hill was Kansas State’s lead recruiter and assistant coach from 2006-11. He arrived in Manhattan during Bob Huggins’ one season and remained for four seasons under Frank Martin.
Dustin Clark, the team’s director of basketball operations who assumed Hill’s recruiting and coaching duties while the Washington native took a leave of absence, has been promoted to assistant coach, the individual said.
And in a semi-related move, legendary Terrapins guard Juan Dixon has been hired as a special assistant to coach Mark Turgeon. The program’s career scoring leader will primarily serve as a mentor to the team’s players, advising current players on athletics and academics, breaking down film and scouting future opponents, and other administrative duties. He cannot recruit on the road, but can meet recruits who visit campus.
Hill joined Turgeon’s staff in 2011, accepting a reduced salary after Kansas State, where his Washington area ties helped recruit Michael Beasley. In 2008, he was arrested for the first time on DUI charges in Manhattan. In January 2012, he was suspended for two games by Maryland following his second such arrest, after which he pleaded guilty to driving while impaired by alcohol.
On Oct. 20, Hill was booked on five charges after being stopped in Laurel, Md., according to arrest records. Before news of the charges broke, Maryland announced Hill would take a leave of absence from the program, citing “personal matters” and retaining him on staff. His court date is scheduled for Jan. 17.
“We will support him through this process,” Turgeon said in a statement then. “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.”
It seemed only a matter of time before the Terps would part ways with Hill, a dogged local recruiter who helped forge ties between Maryland and the AAU program formerly known as D.C. Assault. The resignation also allows Maryland to avoid paying Hill severance; last year, according to documents obtained through an open-records request, Hill made $302,000 between his base salary and extras.