NEW YORK, April 8 (UPI) -- Steve Lavin, the men's basketball coach at St. John's, has prostate cancer but is expected to continue his coaching duties, the school said Friday.
St. John's issued a news release saying Lavin, 46, was diagnosed with "an early stage of prostate cancer." He is to undergo treatment in the coming weeks.
The recommended course of treatment would allow "Lavin to continue his coaching duties without interruption."
"My family feels fortunate that through annual health exams, we detected my condition at an early stage," Lavin said in the release. "This past fall I didn't want to distract our team but with the season behind us, we are now working with medical experts and taking the proper steps to tackle this health challenge head-on."
Lavin just completed his first season as St. John's coach. The Red Storm went 21-12 overall (12-6 in the Big East) and was selected for the NCAA tournament, where St. John's lost to Gonzaga in the second round. He was the head coach at UCLA from 1996-2003, where his teams were a combined 145-78.