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Floyd Central football coach back on the field after cancer diagnosis

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FLOYDS KNOBS, Ind. (WDRB) – As football teams across Kentuckiana get ready for their new season, a southern Indiana coach is fighting a battle off the field.

Back in March, Floyd Central High School head coach Brian Glesing learned he has Hodgkin’s disease, a form of lymphatic cancer. He had had swollen lymph nodes, but other than that said he felt great and didn’t have anything other symptoms.  

Bi-weekly chemo treatments are making it difficult for Glesing to do what he loves most: to be on the field with his players.

“You’re tired all the time but you just got to fight through it," he said. "I am one of those guys that is very energetic so that has been kind of tough for me."

On Tuesday at the team’s second practice of the season, Glesing said he is halfway through his chemo treatments with three months to go.

“Things are going progressively pretty well," Glesing said. "The prognosis is very good. It’s just one of those obstacles you have to deal with."

Floyd Central Principal Dr. Rob Willman has known Glesing for 25 years. He said the school will rally around the coach anyway they can.

“We’re all going to have to pitch in a little bit," Willman said. "We’ve got assistant coaches taking a more active role. We have other staff members maybe putting in a little extra time just to kind of help him out."

Glesing has several people to fall back on if he doesn’t feel well enough to attend practice.

Nine assistant coaches help in the day-to-day practices. Glesing said he told the students about his diagnosis a couple months ago. One of those students is senior Braxton Cerqueira, who just started his fourth year playing for the coach.

“We want him to be here as much as he can, but his health comes first, and we know that as a team," Cerqueira said. "So he’s got to do what he has to do to stay healthy."

Glesing has six more chemo treatments left and hopes to be cancer-free by the beginning of October when his team heads to the playoffs.

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