AKRON, Ohio – University of Akron men's basketball director of basketball operations Dan Peters will take an indefinite medical leave of absence, beginning on Monday, Dec. 16, to begin treatment for pancreatic cancer.
Peters, 59, is in his fifth season with the Zips and will be on the bench for today's game against Bethune-Cookman.
"We wish 'Pete' the best and will support him in any way we can during this difficult time," head coach Keith Dambrot said. "He is extremely well liked and respected by everyone in the program. Not only will his loss be felt on the bench, but it will be difficult to have one of my best friends away from the team on a day-to-day basis."
To show their support for Peters during his treatment, the Zips will dedicate the season to him and wear a patch consisting of a purple ribbon and the words "4 Pete's Sake."
A 30-plus year veteran of the collegiate coaching scene, Peters joined the Akron staff in 2009 after time at Ohio State (2004-09) and Cincinnati (1999-2004) as an assistant coach, as well as the head coaching spot at Youngstown State (1993-99). He also was on former Akron head coach Coleman Crawford's staff for the 1989-90 and 1990-91 campaigns.
Peters is a Northeast Ohio native who was born in Cleveland and grew up in Canton. He is a 1976 graduate of Kent State University.
Former Zip and current video coordinator Steve McNees will assume basketball operations in Peters' absence.