UCF volleyball head coach Todd Dagenais has taken a leave of absence due to a family illness, he announced Monday, according to a press release.

“I’ve made a very difficult conclusion that it’s time to briefly step away from the program so I can concentrate on a family illness,” Dagenais said in the release. “It’s no secret to many that my father has been bravely battling lung cancer for 19 months and it’s at a point where I feel very compelled to go back to Michigan and help my mother, help my brother and help him in his battle with cancer.”

The absence is effective immediately and indefinite. According to the release, assistant coach Michelle Chatman will assume the role of head coach during the time Dagenais is in Michigan with his family.

Dagenais came to UCF in 2008 after stints as an assistant coach at University of Southern California and Michigan State.

“I’ve had the opportunity to discuss this decision with Todd and I completely support him,” UCF Interim Director of Athletics Brad Stricklin said in the release. “Family is and should be his No. 1 concern right now. Our thoughts and prayers are with Todd and his family.”

The Knights host USF Wednesday night at 7.


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