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Wake Forest coach gives player a kidney

Posted on: February 8, 2011 10:20 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:26 am
 
Look no further than Wake Forest coach Tom Walter as the NCAA Coach of the Year. Heck, no need to limit it to the NCAA. Just Tom Walter, Coach of the Year. Anywhere.

Monday the Wake Forest baseball coach donated one of his kidneys to freshman outfielder Kevin Jordan, according to USA Today .

Jordan, a 19th-round pick of the Yankees in 2010, became sick in January of 2010, two months after committing to play at Wake Forest. He suffers from Anti-Neutrophil Cytoplasmic Autoantibody vasculitis. Jordan had been undergoing 18 to 20 hours of in-home dialysis each day and needed a transplant. None of Jordan's family members were a match, but Walter was.

"When we recruit our guys, we talk about family and making sacrifices for one another," Walter told the newspaper prior to the surgery. "It is something we take very seriously. I had the support of my family, Wake Forest and my team. To me it was a no-brainer."

Walter is in his third year at Wake Forest, after coaching at George Washington and the University of New Orleans. UNO was forced to move to Division III after Hurrican Katrina, and Walter moved on to Wake Forest.

Walter, who is expected to be discharged from the hospital on Thursday, said he doesn't think he'll coach third base or hit fungous "any time soon" but hopes to be back to normal in a couple of months. His Demon Deacons start the season Feb. 18 at LSU and he hopes to travel with the team and and coach them against the Tigers.

Of course, knowing how the NCAA operates, Wake Forest and Walter will likely be punished for giving an "extra benefit" to a student-athlete.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Comments

Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2011 9:22 am
 

Wake Forest coach gives player a kidney

WOW.... Wake Forest is now my fav. coll. baseball team for life.



Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2011 8:53 am
 

Wake Forest coach gives player a kidney

Doing things the right way and being unselfish as well as selfless is our charge.  The way we, life and sports are supposed to be.  There is no I in team, no Me in family.



Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2011 11:25 pm
 

Wake Forest coach gives player a kidney

that last line is so true. im surprised the ncaa hasnt come out with a list of violations yet.



Since: Dec 11, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2011 11:07 pm
 

Wake Forest coach gives player a kidney

This is some good stuff!



Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2011 10:07 pm
 

Wake Forest coach gives player a kidney

I think this takes "taking one for the team" to a new level =  Great story & fantastic gesture!



Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2011 9:53 pm
 

Wake Forest coach gives player a kidney

What a great story. This kind of story makes realize that there are good people still left on this planet who literally give a kidney to them. 



Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2011 8:50 pm
 

Wake Forest coach gives player a kidney


Its February only but we already have the Sportsman of the year, and yes lets see the NCAA gurus screw this up



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2011 8:37 pm
 

Wake Forest coach gives player a kidney

If my son wanted to play college baseball and was heavily recruited, I know where I'd nudge him towards.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2011 8:36 pm
 

Wake Forest coach gives player a kidney

What a great story. He is a better man then me.



Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2011 8:19 pm
 

Wake Forest coach gives player a kidney

That's gotta violate some obscure NCAA rule.


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