Heart Health

published : 2023-09-17

Michigan basketball coach Juwan Howard undergoes heart surgery

Howard is entering the final season of a five-year deal

Juwan Howard recovering after successful heart surgery, taken with Canon EOS R5

University of Michigan head basketball coach Juwan Howard underwent heart surgery on Friday, according to an announcement made by the school.

The surgery was performed to successfully resect an aortic aneurysm and repair Howard's aortic valve.

As a result, Howard is expected to take a four- to six-week break from the program, but is predicted to make a full recovery within six to twelve weeks.

This timeline means Howard will likely return in time for the team's season opener on November 3rd.

University of Michigan Health staff providing world-class care to Juwan Howard, taken with Nikon Z7 II

Expressing his gratitude for the care received, Howard praised the University of Michigan Health and its staff, emphasizing his determination to come back stronger than ever for the upcoming season.

The conditions leading to the surgery were discovered during a routine medical check, prompting the scheduling of the procedure to ensure Howard's timely return.

Athletic director Warde Manuel expressed gratitude for the success of Howard's proactive surgery and assured that both Howard and the program will receive continuous support during his absence.

Howard's absence will be filled by interim head coach Phil Martelli.

Juwan Howard coaching the Michigan Wolverines in a thrilling game, taken with Sony Alpha a7R IV

Having joined the University of Michigan in 2019, this will be Howard's final season under his current five-year contract.

Interestingly, Howard was seen at the Michigan football season opener on September 2nd.

Under Howard's leadership, the Wolverines achieved a 79-48 record, and this will be his only head coaching position to date.