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Steve Lavin Is Cancer-Free and Ready to Return

DENVER, CO - MARCH 17:  Head coach Steve Lavin of the St. John's Red Storm gestures from the bench against the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Pepsi Center on March 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Steve Lavin Steve Lavin.

Some happy news: St. John's coach Steve Lavin — who was away from the Red Storm bench for much of last season after returning too soon following prostate cancer surgery — said this weekend that he remains cancer-free and is eager to return to the sidelines. Said the coach, at the school's Dribble for the Cure charity event for pediatric cancer research: "I can tell that I'm closer to being back to a level of health that I was at prior to the treatment." Added the coach, via ESPN New York: "Naturally, I still have to be vigilant on the health front — as we all do when we get older, or coming off something like a battle with cancer. But I clearly feel in a better place in terms of my stamina, my strength, my conditioning."

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