Willard plans on coaching next season

Updated: May 4, 2005, 5:57 PM ET
Associated Press

WORCESTER, Mass. -- Holy Cross basketball coach Ralph Willard has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, but still plans to coach next season.

He is pursuing medical advice on the best way to treat the cancer, he said in a statement issued by the college.

"I am confident of a positive outcome and believe I will be able to do this while fulfilling my personal and professional responsibilities," said Willard, a 1967 Holy Cross graduate.

Holy Cross was 25-7 last season and reached the second round of the NIT. Since Willard took over as coach before the 2000-01 season, the Crusaders are 114-68. He also was head coach at Pittsburgh for five seasons and Western Kentucky for four. He has a career record as a head coach of 258-192.

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