Ralph Willard taking medical leave

AP Photo/Tony Dejak
AP Photo/Tony Dejak

If you missed it yesterday, Louisville assistant Ralph Williard will be taking a medical leave of absence due to a health issue. There is not a set time on when he will return. In the meantime, David Padgett will move into an assistant coach position. Padgett is the Director of Basketball Operations and will also continue to do that.

From UofL:

 “Ralph is one of the game’s great teachers and one of my closest friends in life,” said Pitino.  “My only concern right now is that he gets healthy and has a speedy recovery from some problems that need immediate attention.  We are seeking the best doctors available to assess his situation.

“David knows the system as well as anyone here.  He’s played it and is more than capable of stepping in while Ralph is away.  I expect it to be a smooth transition.”

“I’m very disappointed that this has happened,” said Willard.  “I’m confident that I’m getting the best medical advice to alleviate or correct this situation.   Having the opportunity to work with this group all summer has been a tremendously satisfying experience.  These young men have been maturing well physically and mentally.  I’m looking forward to getting back at the appropriate time.”

Wishing Willard a speedy recovery.

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