Perry Watson Takes Medical Leave Of Absence

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DETROIT (AP) -- University of Detroit-Mercy men's basketball coach Perry Watson is taking an indefinite leave of absence for medical reasons.
The school announced Watson's leave Monday.
Associate head coach Kevin Mondro will serve as head coach, assuming all on-court responsibilities in games and practices.
Assistant coaches Carlos Briggs and Garland Mance will continue in their roles with the team.
Watson is entering his 15th season as Titans' head coach. He posted 10 winning seasons in his first 14 campaigns at UDM, according to the school.
He has a 258-185 career record and is the second-winningest head coach in Titan history behind only Bob Calihan.
Watson led teams to the NCAA Tournament in 1998 and 1999, and to the NIT in 2001 and 2002.
The Titans (4-10, 0-4) are scheduled to play Thursday night at home against Cleveland State.
Watson is an icon of Detroit basketball. He joined the Titans in 1993 after spending two years as the top assistant coach at the University of Michigan.
Before coaching at Michigan, Watson had built Detroit Southwestern into a Michigan basketball powerhouse, regularly playing for the State Class A championship.



 
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