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Holy Cross Coach Bill Carmody To Miss Road Games To Be With Wife During Cancer Fight

Holy Cross head coach Bill Carmody.

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 10: Holy Cross Crusaders Head Basketball Coach Bill Carmody shouts out instructions during the first half of the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Crisler Center on November 10, 2018 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan defeated Holy Cross Crusaders 56-37. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Bill Carmody, the head coach of the Holy Cross Crusaders, is taking a step back for the remainder of the season.

Carmody's wife Barbara was diagnosed with cancer around a year ago. As her treatment ramps up, he will miss select road games to be with her.

He will be on hand for all home games and practices, but his assistants will take on head coaching duties on the road.

Holy Cross coach Bill Carmody explained the situation in a statement.

Via the Telegram & Gazette:

“The Holy Cross community means a lot to Barbara and me, and we are grateful for the support and understanding of (Holy Cross president) Father (Philip) Boroughs and interim athletics director (Brendan Sullivan),” Carmody said in a statement. “I am confident that my coaching staff can lead our student-athletes in my absence.”

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“Bill has the full support of Fr. Boroughs, me, and the entire college community as he makes his family a priority in this challenging time,” Sullivan said. “Our thoughts continue to be with Barbara and Bill, and we will do whatever is necessary to accommodate their needs and protect their privacy.”

Carmody previously served as head coach at Northwestern and Princeton. He led Holy Cross to its first NCAA Tournament in almost a decade back in 2016, his first year with the program.

The team is currently 12-10 on the year, and 3-6 in Patriot League play.

Our thoughts go out to the Carmody family as they fight this disease.

[Telegram & Gazette]