Western Kentucky men’s basketball assistant coach Ben Hansbrough has resigned in the wake of a weekend arrest.

Hansbrough left his post Monday “to pursue other opportunities,” Zach Greenwell, WKU associate director of athletic media relations, confirmed to the Daily News.

Hansbrough was arrested Saturday night on a charge of driving under the influence.

Hansbrough, 29, was processed through the Warren County Jail at 8:43 p.m. Saturday and released at 4:16 a.m. Sunday. Bond was set at $1,000.

Bowling Green police responded at 7:22 p.m. Saturday night to the parking lot of El Mazatlan, 2435 Nashville Road, for a report of a collision involving Hansbrough’s vehicle and another vehicle.

The driver of the other vehicle informed an officer that he smelled alcohol on Hansbrough.

Hansbrough was asked if he’d had anything to drink Saturday night, and said he hadn’t since Friday night. He went through field sobriety tests and “showed indicators,” per a police report.

Hansbrough was arrested at 8:01 p.m., at which point an officer said he smelled “a strong odor of alcoholic beverage” on Hansbrough’s person. He was taken to the Warren County Jail, where he refused to submit to a breath test.

Hansbrough’s resignation leaves Marc Hsu and Nikita Johnson as the two full-time assistants on coach Rick Stansbury’s staff heading into the 2017-18 season.

Hansbrough was elevated to a full-time assistant coaching role this summer after spending the past two seasons as a support staffer at WKU.

He played for Stansbury at Mississippi State from 2006-08 before transferring to Notre Dame, where he became the Big East Conference Player of the Year.

Hansbrough becomes the fourth WKU full-time assistant coach to vacate his post since the 2016-17 season ended.

Chris Cheeks, Quannas White and Shammond Williams, all assistants on the 2016-17 staff, left this past offseason.

White left in April to take a similar role at Houston; Cheeks resigned in July and landed at Boston College; and Williams left in July “to pursue other avenues and opportunities in his life,” Stansbury said in August.

WKU is working through its third full week of preseason practices as the 2017-18 season approaches. The Tops will open Nov. 1 with an exhibition game against NAIA school Campbellsville, with the first regular season game scheduled for Nov. 10 at home against Missouri State.{&end}

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Bowling Green Daily News sports reporter primarily covering Western Kentucky football and men's basketball.

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