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Originally published: 2014-05-16 22:00:50
Last modified: 2014-05-16 22:01:35

UNCC hoops coach taking medical leave

by Staff Reports

CHARLOTTE -- Charlotte 49ers head men's basketball coach Alan Major is taking a leave of absence due to health issues.


Major just completed his fourth season at the helm of the 49ers men's basketball program.


A news release from the school did not specifically say what Major's health issues were, except that his family has a history of heart and eye issues. The release also did not say who would be in charge of the program in his absence.


 "We are all wishing Alan a speedy recovery," Charlotte athletic director Judy Rose said in a news release.  "There is never an easy or good time for a coach to be away from his team, so this has been a very difficult decision for Alan. Quite honestly, he put his personal health on hold for the entire season."


"After discussing my health with my family and our athletic director Judy Rose, I have decided to take a medical leave of absence," Major said. "My family has a history of heart and eye issues, and I plan to have procedures done over the next couple of months to address them. I want to thank Judy and her staff, my coaching staff and our players for their support and love during this process. I'm looking forward to getting back to the game. I am very blessed to be at such an incredible university."


The 49ers were 17-14 last season, which included a 77-59 win over Appalachian State on Dec. 8. It's the first time Charlotte has posted back-to-back winning seasons since 2007.


This past season, the 49ers received votes in the Associated Press and the coaches polls for the first time since Dec., 2009. In 2013, the 49ers won 21 games, which marked the program's first 20-win season since 2007-08.



The 49ers men's basketball program, which has averaged 19 wins over the last two seasons, returns 12 letterwinners and four starters off last season's Puerto Rico Tip-Off title team.


Charlotte has posted a victory over a top 15 team in three of the last four years.