Bonnies AD Watson to have elective heart surgery

OLEAN, N.Y. (AP) — St. Bonaventure athletic director Steve Watson is taking a medical leave of absence to have heart surgery.

Watson's leave began on Wednesday, and there's no timetable for when he'll return, the school announced on its website. Senior associate athletic director Barb Questa will oversee the department while Watson recovers.

Hired in December 2006, Watson has been credited for turning around the Atlantic 10 Conference school's basketball programs. Both the men's and women's teams clinched NCAA tournament berths in March.

It was the first tournament berth for the women, and sixth for a men's team that dealt with a player eligibility scandal in 2003 and NCAA sanctions.

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