By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
UNC Pembroke men’s basketball head coach Ben Miller has resigned. He announced his resignation in a handwritten letter on Saturday through Instagram.
He was in his 12th season at the school. Miller was previously placed on leave by the school in early November.
The Robesonian reported on November 8th that Miller was placed on two-week leave. An incident happened with a UNC Pembroke vehicle, a 2017 Chevrolet, that the school provided to the coach.
Jasmine Powell was driving it at 4:45 am on November 1st when it was involved in an accident. She was charged with DWI and had an 0.17 blood alcohol level – more than the legal limit.
The report also said that alcohol was also found in the vehicle at the scene. Powell – a student at the school – was with Miller earlier in the night, the report says.
“Thank you for an amazing 11+ years as your basketball coach at UNCP!,” Miller said in the handwritten letter. “I’ve been blessed to work with and for so many special people here. I remember calling the Athletic Dept. in the Spring of 2008, and Dan Kenney picked up the phone. We had an instant connection. I truly appreciate Dan and Dr. Allen Meaders giving [me] my 1st head coaching opportunity.
“I’ve been blessed more recently to work for Dick Christy, Dr. Kyle Carter, and currently Dr. Robin Cummings. These men are all great leaders, who have done their part to make UNCP a better place. I absolutely love this University, and it is the most unique and special place I’ve been in over 30-years attending or working at Colleges and Universities. The Administration, Faculty, Staff, Students, and Alumni, and Fans at UNCP are family to me, and I’ve truly enjoyed this journey with you all while building a basketball program here that we can be proud of.”
Tony Jones took over as an interim head coach when Miller was placed on leave. Since that time, he has guided the program to a 5-1 record.