A Saint Peter’s University head coach will take a medical leave of absence and is expected to return to the program in January 2020, missing all of the upcoming fall season.
Women’s volleyball head coach Pedro “Jordan” Yantin will be on medical leave, SPU Athletic Director Bryan Felt announced Thursday afternoon. The tenth program head coach, who was appointed back in March, will be replaced by Joe Chojnacki for now.
Yantin told SPU Athletics that he’s suffered from neurological issues and has chosen to return to Jacksonville, Florida to undergo treatment, based on his doctor’s recommendation.
A GoFundMe page has been created by Yantin's family to help support his medical treatment.
Chojnacki, who will assume the interim role immediately, served as an assistant coach at New York Institute of Technology. Prior to coaching, he was the team's play-by-play announcer.
The interim head coach also held a similar role at Aldephi from 2003-06, leading the Panthers to three conference tournaments in his three seasons.
Yantin joined the Peacocks after serving as the head coach at Florida State College, guiding them to a conference championship, back to back appearances in the FCSAA Region VIII Tournament and a top-20 national ranking. He was also the Junior Beach Volleyball Champion and MVP for Puerto Rico from 2005 to 2008.
"It is important for Jordan to focus on getting healthy at this time," Felt said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Yantin family and we look forward to his return to Saint Peter's."