Blake Anderson, head coach for Arkansas State’s football team, is taking a leave of absence while his wife fights cancer.

The announcement was made Monday when Athletic Director Terry Mohajir released a statement that stated Anderson was taking an indefinite leave to be with his family. Mohajir added, “We will continue to pray for peace for his family and provide assistance any way we can.”

In Anderson’s place as interim head coach will be assistant head coach and defensive coordinator David Duggan.

On August 1, at Arkansas State’s Media Day, Anderson spoke about the possibility of stepping away at some point. He said at the time he had spoken with school officials about his family situation and “kind of always wanted to make sure we were super prepared, pray for the best but prepare for the worst.”

Anderson and his wife have a daughter and two sons.

Under Anderson’s leadership, Arkansas State has gone 39-25 over five seasons. The Red Wolves host SMU to open the season on August 31.