Preston's leave, due to medical and personal reasons, according to a release from the university's athletic department, was termed temporary. It came less than 24 hours after the Owls lost at Jacksonville and fell to 3 12 on the season.
Preston's leave of absence comes with Kennesaw State on a seven game losing streak, which includes losses to power conference programs Cincinnati, Georgia Tech and Indiana. Two of the Owls' three wins this season Warren Wilson and Truett McConnell have come against lower division opponents.
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Lallathin's first game as the Owls' interim coach will come Saturday, as East Tennessee State visits the KSU Convocation Center Kennesaw State's first home game since Nov. 26. It will be the first head coaching experience for Lallathin, who spent four seasons at Miami (Ohio) before joining Preston's staff.
Preston was not made available for comment.
KSU basketball coach takes leave of absence
The Owls went 3 28 in Preston's first season, ending the season on a 19 game losing streak and failing to win a game in Atlantic Sun Conference play. They improved only fractionally last season, to 3 27, with a 2 16 record in the A Sun.
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State athletic director Vaughn Williams wouldn't go into details of Preston's absence, only saying in the university release that he is confident in Lallathin "taking the reins and moving forward at this time."
Preston came to Kennesaw State before the 2011 12 season, after the program had fallen into academic disarray and been sanctioned by the NCAA, and previous coach Tony Ingle had been fired.
Associate head coach Jimmy Lallathin, in his third season as an assistant to Preston, will serve as the Owls' interim coach for however long Preston is away from the team.
Kennesaw State men's basketball coach Lewis Preston will be taking an indefinite leave of absence, further clouding what has been a struggle filled tenure.
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