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Wilson Hall's Talley to undergo surgery

FROM STAFF REPORTS
Posted 1/28/18

Longtime Wilson Hall varsity boys basketball head coach Eddie Talley will undergo surgery on Monday to have his prostate removed because of cancer.

The surgery will be performed at Duke Medical Center in Durham, N.C. It will be an open surgery …

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Wilson Hall's Talley to undergo surgery

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Longtime Wilson Hall varsity boys basketball head coach Eddie Talley will undergo surgery on Monday to have his prostate removed because of cancer.

The surgery will be performed at Duke Medical Center in Durham, N.C. It will be an open surgery performed by a surgeon. Talley said there will be no chemotherapy or radiation after the surgery.

"I'm expecting a full recovery," Talley said on Saturday, a day after going to Durham for a pre-op meeting. "It will take a little bit of time to recover, but I hope to be back to work in three weeks."

The basketball season will have ended by that time, but Talley will resume his duties as assistant head master.

The 59-year-old Talley said the cancer was first discovered in late October when it was discovered he had a slightly elevated Psa level during a routine checkup. He said there were several options on the table and it was his decision to have the prostate removed.

Barons assistant coach Rip Ripley will handle the head coaching duties for the remainder of the season. Talley's longtime assistant, Tom O'Hare, will help Ripley. O'Hare had stepped down prior to this season.

Wilson Hall played its first game without Talley on the sidelines on Friday, beating Florence Christian School 55-51. Talley watched film from the game on Saturday.

"The boys have handled this very well," Talley said.

Talley has been the boys head coach for 24 years. He also served two stints as the head football coach.