Assistant basketball coach resigns after DUI

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Jeremy Chisenhall

WKU assistant men’s basketball coach Ben Hansbrough has resigned and will “pursue other opportunities,” WKU associate director of media relations Zach Greenwell confirmed with the Herald Monday. This resignation comes following an arrest for driving under the influence on Saturday night.

Hansbrough was arrested Oct. 14 with a bond set of $1,000, and released early Sunday morning.

The incident happened in the parking lot of El Mazatlan, a restaurant in Bowling Green, where Hansbrough was involved in a collision, according to a police report.

Hansbrough denied having had any alcohol since the night before, but Officer Rick Bessette, who responded to the collision, could smell a strong odor of alcohol on Hansbrough.

Hansbrough agreed to a standard field sobriety test, in which he showed “indicators of alcohol influence,” and he was taken into custody. He refused to submit to the intoxilyzer after arriving to the Warren County Regional Jail.

Hansbrough has worked for the WKU men’s basketball team since the fall of 2015, but became a full-time assistant over the summer.

Hansbrough is a former college basketball player, having played under current WKU head coach Rick Stansbury at Mississippi State. He transferred to Notre Dame and won Big East Player of the Year in 2011. He then played in the NBA for the Indiana Pacers for 28 games, as well as professionally overseas before beginning his coaching career.

Hansbrough was one of three new full-time assistants with the basketball program. WKU will now be left with two full-time assistants in Nikita Johnson and Marc Hsu.

Reporter Jeremy Chisenhall can be reached at 859-760-0198 and [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @JSChisenhall.