Joe Curl Out Indefinitely After Suffering Mild Heart Attack
Oct. 30, 2007
HOUSTON - University of Houston head women's basketball coach Joe Curl will be out for an indefinite period of time after suffering a mild heart attack Sunday.
Curl, who was returning from a recruiting trip, went to St. John's Hospital near the Johnson Space Center complaining of chest pains.
He was transferred to Methodist Hospital Monday afternoon and is expected to undergo single-bypass surgery sometime next week.
Curl is resting comfortably at Methodist Hospital. A timetable for his return has not been determined.
Family members have asked for privacy as Curl recuperates.
Director of Athletics Dave Maggard has named Danny Hughes the team's interim head coach in Curl's absence.
Hughes, the team's top assistant and recruiting coordinator, is in his third year on the staff. Prior to joining the Cougars' program, he served as associate head coach for the men's basketball program at Trinity Valley Community College from 2000-05.
Curl is in his 10th season at Houston with a career mark of 142-126. Curl has coached in 268 games at Houston, ranking second all-time to Dot Woodfin (279). In 17 years, he has 278 career wins, ranking him fourth among active coaches in Conference USA.
He led Houston to the 2004 C-USA Regular Season and Tournament Championships and was named National Coach of the Year by the Associated Press, Basketball Times, Conference USA, ESPN.com and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association of America.
During his tenure, the Cougars have made four postseason appearances, two in the NCAA Tournament and two in the WNIT. Curl's 2002 squad was the national runner-up in the WNIT, falling to Oregon in the championship game.
The Cougars, led by Conference USA Preseason Player of the Year Tye Jackson, are scheduled to being the 2007-08 season on Nov. 9 against Texas Southern. That game, scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff on Guy V. Lewis Court at Hofheinz Pavilion, will lead into the UH men's team season opener at 8 p.m. against Morehead State.