Prep football: West Rowan coach Young recovering from heart surgery

Published 9:13 pm Tuesday, March 31, 2015

West Rowan head coach Scott Young underwent open heart surgery Tuesday to address health issues that have plagued the coach since the end of the 2014 season.

Carolina Preps reported Young had surgery to implant a ventricular assist device in his chest during a procedure that started shortly after noon.

Dianne Young, Scott Young’s wife, said in a text message to the Post, “Scott came through surgery okay & did well. He is resting peacefully.”

The device moves blood to the vital organs in the body from the lower chamber of the heart.

The VAD is a short-term solution to a much larger problem. Since the end of the 2014 season, Young sought treatment at hospitals around the state to help a malfunctioning heart. He is already on the list to receive a heart transplant, but it is unknown how long it will be before he gets a new one.

This is not Young’s first heart problem.

He was having chest pains in the early morning of Oct. 25, 2011, and drove himself to the hospital. It turned out he was in the middle of cardiac arrest. Young recovered quickly and was in the press box at West Iredell three days afterward helping Joe Nixon, now the head coach at North Rowan, and Gary Hunt coach the Falcons to a win over the Warriors to seal the North Piedmont Conference championship for the eighth straight year.

Chris Hughes, a former South Rowan coach and the founder of the Carolina Preps website, has set up a fundraiser on Hughes said 100 percent of the proceeds will go to Young and his family. The goal is to raise $50,000.

As of 8 p.m. Tuesday, there were already $6,945 in donations. Among those contributing were Carson coach Joe Pinyan and Mooresville head coach Hal Capps. Pinyan said being a high school football coach is being a part of a brotherhood.

“I think if all football coaches were to donate even $5 or $10, every little bit is going to help,” said Pinyan, who coached Young at East Rowan in the 1980s. “If any coach were in the same boat, they would appreciate the gift.

“Scott and I had some wars, but that was on the field. I think he’s a great guy, and I hate he’s going through this. I hate it for him, and I hate it for his family.”

Donations have come in from across the state, including from coaches down east.

“It seems a lot of people care about the coach, and that’s refreshing to see,” Hughes said.