UPDATE: I spoke with Marla Wright, the
daughter of Coach Johnny Wright this evening and he is in good shape.
"He's doing great!" Marla said. They did not do any surgical
procedures today. He will remain under observation in the hospital
at Princeton until Monday September 1st and he will then be transferred
to UAB for further tests. Marla said that it is inconclusive whether
he actually had a heart attack not, but that they are taking no
chances. She said the coach was chompin' at the bits to get out
and get back on the field. I could hear him laughing and talking
in the back ground and he sounded strong.
I will post more information as I learn it.
Thursday August 28th - Coach Wright Collapses on
the Field During the Dora/Cordova Game
With less than five minutes left in the second quarter of the Dora
Cordova football game on Thursday night, Head Coach Johnny Wright
collapsed with an apparent heart attach. Dr. Scott Twilley and several
paramedics and fire and rescue attended to the Coach on the sideline.
An ambulance was called onto the field and Coach Wright was rushed
to Baptist Medical Center Princeton hospital. Joe Potts, principal
of Dora High School said that as of about 9:30 p.m. the coach was
in stable condition.
The game was postponed and will continue on Saturday night at 7:30
The game was tied 7 to 7 and the temperature was in the mid 80's
with high humidity.
Moments after the ambulance left the field, all players, coaches,
and cheerleaders for both teams gathered on Dora's sideline for
I was standing only a few feet from the coach as the medical staff
worked on him he was conscience and actually trying to get off the
stretcher. His wife was there on the field and accompanied him to
I will provide additional information as it becomes available.
This photo was taken moments before the coach collapsed.UP