HAUGHTON – Despite continuing therapy following a near-fatal heart attack suffered in April, Haughton head coach Rodney Guin plans to be in his usual spot when the Buccaneers open the season at home against Woodlawn on Sept. 5.
“We’re going to be on the sideline,” Guin said today on the Fletch and Roy Show at fletchandroy.com. “We’re getting through practice OK, and the games are later in the day. Our plan is to be on the sideline doing what we do.”
A few months ago, Guin had contemplated spending the first couple of games in the air conditioned press box. Not known as a boisterous coach, Guin also didn’t plan to change his demeanor during games.
“We don’t get real excited a lot of times,” Guin said. “I have team doctor (Mike Sewell) on the sideline and his goal is to keep me hemmed up.
“We’ll be fine. I’m not worried about that.”
Guin enters his 15th season at Haughton – he’s made the playoffs every year. His 111 wins are the most by any head football coach in school history.
However, there is no doubt Sept. 5 will be a special evening.
“I’m sure we’ll sit there and think how fortunate we are that God took care of us,” Guin said. “This is what we were put here to do; I really believe that.
“We have another chance to continue doing what we love to do. It will be neat the first night we get to go out — for me and the people in Haughton.”
Guin still attends rehab three times per week and he says there are no currently plans for additional medical procedures.
For a complete update on Guin’s condition and his outlook for the 2014 season, watch this week’s Fletch and Roy Show at shreveporttimes.com and fletchandroy.com.