PHILADELPHIA - University of Pennsylvania women’s volleyball coach Kerry Carr has announced that she will be taking a leave of absence from her team, effective immediately.
“I have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer,” said Carr, who recently turned 40 and is in her 11th season at the helm. “Although this is not the best news, the better news is that they caught it early, very early. However, I will have to take a leave of absence immediately for surgery in order to give the best chance that it does not advance.
“As many of you can imagine, leaving my season before it was over was not my first choice -- however, with a husband and two young children at home I felt it was the only choice. My doctors say I may be back in 6-12 weeks. In the meantime, I am confident that Ryan Goodwin and Shawna Turbyfill, my assistant coaches, will do a great job in my absence. In addition, my players have been aware of my condition for some time and understand why I am doing what I’m doing. I am optimistic that they will not miss a beat as they continue to play for an Ivy League title.”
“Thanks for all of your support, and I will be back soon!”
The Quakers are 5-10 (1-2 Ivy League) on the season to date, with 11 Ivy matches still on the schedule beginning this weekend with matches at Brown and Yale. Of particular note, with October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Penn willhold a “Dig Pink” event to support breast cancer awareness and research when the Quakers host Dartmouth on October 24 at 7 p.m. More information on this event will be available in the days leading up to the match.