St. John's coach to have surgery

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NEW YORK (AP) -- St. John's coach Steve Lavin will undergo surgery on Thursday to treat prostate cancer.

The 47-year-old Lavin, who is starting his second season with the Red Storm, announced in early April that he had been diagnosed the previous September with an early stage of the disease. After continuing his normal coaching duties for about a year while pursuing a physician-recommended course of active surveillance, Lavin changed his treatment path to surgery.

He is expected to resume his coaching responsibilities after a recovery period. Practice starts Oct. 14, and the Red Storm's first game is Nov. 7 against William & Mary in the opening round of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer.

In his first season as coach of the Red Storm, Lavin led St. John's to a 21-12 record and its first appearance in the NCAA tournament since 2002.