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Austin Peay head coach Dave Loos undergoes successful surgery to remove tumor

Assistant coach Jay Bown will take over the program while Loos recovers.

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Austin Peay head coach Dave Loos underwent surgery to successfully remove a malignant tumor on his colon, the university announced on Twitter Monday evening.

The full statement reads:

Clarksville, Tenn. — Dave Loos, Austin Peay State University’s longtime basketball coach, recently underwent surgery to successfully remove a malignant tumor.

“Our thoughts and concerns right now are for the health and well-being of Coach Loos,” APSU Athletics Director Ryan Ivey said. “We look forward to welcoming him back when he has made a full recovery.”

A recent medical exam led to the discovery of a malignant tumor on Loos’ colon. The tumor was successfully removed at St. Thomas Medical Center in Nashville, but had spread to one out of 23 lymph nodes in the area. While he will require chemotherapy treatments, Loos is expected to make a full recovery and be back on the Austin Peay sideline for his 27th season as the Governors head coach.

Assistant coach Jay Bowen will lead the program on a day-to-day basis in the interim while Loos will be a involved as possible until he returns full time. Bowen returned to the APSU men’s basketball coaching staff last summer for a second stint at Austin Peay and third under Loos —  the two also coach together at Christian Brothers back in the mid-1980s.

“I am confident in the ability of our assistant coaches, led by Jay Bowen, to continue the growth of our men’s basketball program, while we await Coach Loos’ return,” said Ivey.

Loos has been the head coach at Austin Peay since 1990 and led the Governors to an improbable appearance in this year's NCAA tournament. The Governors entered the conference tournament with a 14-17 record, but pulled off four wins in four days to earn an automatic bid as the Ohio Valley Conference champion. Loos has led them to the NCAA tournament four times (1996, 2003, 2008, 20016) and been named OVC Coach of the Year four times (1991, 1997, 2003, 2004).

We wish Loos a speedy recovery and can't wait to see him on the sidelines again soon. Our thoughts are with him, his family and the Austin Peay program.