Rebecca Cox Takes Leave of Absence for Breast Cancer Treatment
NEW ULM, Minn. - MLC volleyball coach Rebecca Cox has taken a leave of absence from the team to undergo treatment for breast cancer. After being diagnosed with breast cancer on Tuesday, September 27, Rebecca continued to coach while awaiting surgery on Thursday, October 20, with treatment to follow.
The team will be coached in her absence by Lori Unke, who previously coached the Knights for two seasons in 2007 and 2008.
"We are doing everything we can to help Becky and her family through this period," MLC Director of Athletics Jim Unke said. "We also want to give the women on our team an opportunity to continue their strong season, and we believe Lori will be able to help us do that."
"It is a great blessing that we have Lori Unke, a former UMAC Coach of the Year, with the knowledge and expertise to coach this team," Cox said. "I am very thankful for Lori’s willingness to help out, and also confident that our team won’t miss a beat with her as coach."
Cox, in her third season as coach of the volleyball program, is also very thankful for the support she has received from people around MLC and the UMAC.
"I want to thank everyone for their support during this time," Cox said. "The support from around our campus family and the conference has been tremendous."
The MLC team, which currently sits in third place in the UMAC with a record of 13-11 overall and 6-3 in conference play, is hoping to continue its strong play through this season.
"The hardest part for our team in dealing with this is knowing how dedicated Coach Cox has been to us and to the game of volleyball since the moment she stepped on our campus," senior co-captain Katelyn Hauf said. "Our volleyball team has been a support system to Coach, and this has resulted in a very close, tight-knit team bond."
As Hauf put it, the Knights’ team goals go beyond winning the conference.
"Most teams have the desire to win so that they have a conference championship, or a bid to the NCAA tournament," Hauf said. "While our team has those same desires, we also have another purpose, which is to play to the best of our God-given abilities, which we know in turn will make our coach proud."