Maryland assistant coach Dalonte Hill is taking a leave of absence to focus on "personal matters," he said in a statement released by the school Tuesday.
The announcement comes after he was charged with drunken driving for the second time in less than two years and the third time in five years following a Sunday night traffic stop, according to media reports.
Hill faces five charges: 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 alcohol and or/drugs, attempting to drive a vehicle while impaired by a controlled dangerous substance, and failure to control vehicle speed on a highway to avoid a collision.
"I appreciate the support and encouragement I've received from Coach [Mark] Turgeon and the athletic department," Hill, 34, said in the 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 immediately."
Hill also was charged with driving under the influence, among other offenses, following a January 2012 arrest in Maryland, according to reports. He received probation and a fine, and was suspended for two games by the school, The Baltimore Sun reported.
Prior to that, Hill was charged with driving under the influence after a January 2008 arrest in Kansas. At the time, Hill was an assistant at Kansas State, which had just upset No. 2 Kansas. He had the charge expunged from his record after taking part in a driver education program, and he sat out one game, according to the Sun.
Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson and Turgeon expressed support in the statement released Tuesday. Hill joined Turgeon's staff in 2011, taking a pay cut after becoming one of the highest-paid assistants in the nation while with the Wildcats. Hill built his reputation as a top recruiter.