As a volleyball coach, Newark East Side (N.J.) High's Dave DeOliveira is a rock. His players look up to him and have never had a problem leaning on him for support, even as his health has waned.
For the first time, that reliance undercut the team's effort on Tuesday, when East Side was ousted from the Group 3 North branch of the state tournament with a semifinal loss to West Morris (N.J.) High. According to the Newark Star-Ledger, East Side players looked to the sideline for instructions during a tense third game to find DeOliveira in a full-body seizure, a side effect of his stage 4 brain cancer.
Making matters worse, DeOliveira was only given one timeout to recover from the seizure, which meant that his players were forced to go back on the court during the final stages of the match's decisive game still concerned about their coach.
The Star-Ledger said DeOliveira recovered on the bench after several minutes, sipping water and taking deep breaths as the West Morris athletic trainerRead More »from Inspiring coach suffers cancer-related seizure in playoff match