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WOU head coach Greg Bruce, right, took a medical leave of absence last week. His return is not known.
January 02, 2013
MONMOUTH - Western Oregon University women's basketball head coach Greg Bruce is stepping down, for now, as he turns his focus to his health.
The sixth-year WOU coach took a medical leave of absence beginning Thursday for a condition that was not released by the university.
"It's a condition he's been dealing with for a while, but I can't get into the details of it," Jon Carey, WOU's interim athletic director, said. "He's not dealing with a life-threatening situation at the moment or anything like that, but doctors advised that he needs to back away and put his health first."
The timetable for Bruce to return is not known, but Carey said he would hope that by March the coach, who is not hospitalized, would be able to rejoin the team.
Assistants Renae Gregg and Katie Torland will take over all coaching duties during Bruce's absence, which started with Saturday's 65-64 overtime loss against Northwest Christian that was played after the Itemizer-Observer.
Both coaches are in their third seasons as WOU assistants, and Torland was a player for the Wolves from 2007-10.
Gregg played under Bruce at Portland State (1989-93), played overseas for six seasons and has several years of high school basketball coaching experience.
"I feel comfortable with the coaching aspect, but we will be working with them to determine what level of additional support we can provide in terms of travel and other areas," Carey said.
Neither coach is a full-time employee at the school.