Preston will return to Kennesaw State at season’s end

Credit: Curtis Compton

Credit: Curtis Compton

Lewis Preston will return as Kennesaw State’s men’s basketball coach at the end of the season, athletic director Vaughn Williams announced on Tuesday.

Preston took a leave of absence for personal and medical reasons on Jan. 2. Jimmy Lallathin will continue as interim head coach until Preston returns.

“I feel that it is in the best interest of Kennesaw State men’s basketball that Lewis returns to coaching the team at the conclusion of this season,” Williams said in a statement posted on the school’s website. “I have the utmost confidence in this program, and that the current student-athletes, assistant coaches and Coach Preston will take this program in the right direction.”

The Owls They were 6-55 in Preston’s first two seasons and 3-12 before Preston’s decision. They are 1-6 since. They will play at South Carolina-Upstate on Thursday. Preston’s contract is through the 2015-16 season.