University of Maryland men’s basketball assistant coach Bruce Shingler was hit with a 30-day suspension, the school announced Wednesday night, following an October arrest on charges of soliciting a prostitute.
According to the documents obtained by The Baltimore Sun, Shingler, 40, responded to a website advertisement for “women seeking men,” which was posted by an undercover detective for a Prince George’s County police special assignment team.
On Oct. 14, the detective that posted the ad received a text from Shingler, the documents state, and eventually told the coach to contact her when he arrived at a Holiday Inn in Largo.
According to court documents, Shingler confirmed he wanted to engage in sex upon entering the hotel room, and exchanged a fee of $80. When Shingler gave the detective the money, she alerted the arrest team.
Shingler is currently awaiting a trial date scheduled for Feb. 28. He could face a maximum sentence of one year in prison for charges on soliciting a prostitute, and/or a $500 fine under Maryland state law.
Maryland said, via the school paper, that Shingler was suspended due to a “violation of his employment agreement.”
Maryland’s interim head coach Danny Manning would not comment further on the situation following the team’s 94-87 win over Northwestern on Wednesday night.
“We’re just trying to keep our head above water and move forward,” he said. “We’ll see how it plays out as we continue down this path.”
Manning added that he has yet to appoint an assistant to replace Shingler after everything happened “pretty quickly.”
Shingler, a Maryland native, mentioned his wife in a statement when he was introduced as an assistant in June.
“On a personal note, Maryland is home. I grew up a Terp attending games at Cole Field House. My mother lived right across the street from campus. My wife, Lauren, went to St. John’s College High School. We can’t wait to get to campus and hit the ground running,” he said.
Shingler and his wife, Lauren, have a son, Giovonni, and two daughters, Brooklyn and Savannah.
Before his hire at Maryland, Shingler previously spent five seasons as an assistant at South Carolina, where he helped the Gamecocks reach the program’s first Final Four appearance in the 2016-17 season.
Shingler also an assistant at Towson from 2012 to 2016, and had stints at Morgan State and Kansas State.