ALBANY, N.Y. – A University at Albany guard has taken a leave of absence to return to his native Australia.
UAlbany junior guard Peter Hooley has been battling an internal struggle being far away from his mother who has been battling colon cancer for four years. The team announced on Monday he would be taking a leave of absence from the team so he could go home to Australia and be with his family.
The school raised nearly $12,000 on Wednesday for the Cancer Council of South Australia.
A timetable has not been established for his return, but head coach Will Brown said he had been pushing for Hooley to make the move. Last Tuesday, Brown said he and his wife thought it would be best for him to return home.
“He can’t do anything from Albany, N.Y.,” he said. “And that’s why I brought my coaches together, and I said, ‘Hey, I’m gonna encourage him to go home just letting you guys know that. We’ll be fine. I think it’s what he needs.’”