Friday, April 8th, 2011 at 2:31 pm  |  7 responses

Steve Lavin Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer

St. John’s men’s basketball coach Steve Lavin revealed today that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Lavin was aware of his condition last fall, detecting the cancer in its early stages. From ESPN: “‘My family feels fortunate that through annual health exams, we detected my condition at an early stage,’ the 46-year-old Lavin said in a statement released by the school. ‘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.’ The former UCLA coach was hired by St. John’s in April 2010 after seven years as a college basketball analyst for ESPN. ‘We are pleased that through early detection we determined Coach Lavin’s condition as a relatively low-grade cancer, and one that could wait for treatment until the conclusion of the basketball season,’ said Jonathan Schiff, a board-certified urologist in private practice in New York City. ‘We have spoken to Steve and his family about his options, and will proceed with a course of treatment shortly. ‘I expect a complete cure of Coach Lavin’s condition and we anticipate a seamless continuation of his coaching duties.’ Lavin received support Friday from two Big East coaches who had prostate cancer — Jim Calhoun of Connecticut and Jim Boeheim of Syracuse — and went on win NCAA championships.”

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  • JoeMaMa

    Good for Steve finding out about this in the early stages. Prostate cancer is a real killer, and it’s best to get the jump on it. Best wishes to Steve and his family. I also encourage everyone on this site to get checked for prostate cancer.


    Steve Lavin will win.

  • 80

    Tough news, god willing Steve will get through this.

  • knickzvet82

    Get well

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    aw man. get well coach. we’re all pulling for you

  • r2j

    Wish him well. He was 1 of the main reasons why he put St.John’s back on the map. Sad to hear the bad news but I hope he’ll beat it.

  • darkside

    This is unfortunate news I wish coach Lavin and his family a Godly and speedy recovery, beside St Johns will be in the final four next tournament, OK maybe sweet sixteen. Coach has one hell of a class coming in.