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Independence football coach Scott Young stable after heart transplant, wife says

Independence High football coach Scott Young.
Independence High football coach Scott Young.

Independence High football coach Scott Young underwent heart transplant surgery at Charlotte’s Carolinas Medical Center Saturday afternoon.

Athletics director Kelly Lewis said Young’s wife, Dianne, informed him that her husband was in stable condition.

Lewis said doctors are expected to perform a follow-up procedure Sunday morning. Recovery is expected to take six to eight weeks, which should allow Young to be ready for his first season as the school’s first-year coach. The season begins in August.

“He said he was hoping all along that it would be this month,” Lewis said of the surgery. “He told me, after he got moved up on the transplant list, that he thought it would be May and that would work out for the best.

‘Sticking to the six to eight weeks (recovery time), he would be back before August 1st. I looked at the calendar today, and August 1st is 10 weeks.”

Lewis said Patriots assistants Hal Brown and Jeremy Ryan would handle the final two days of spring football practice Tuesday and Wednesday, and that Young had already planned out the Patriots’ offseason schedule, which will begin June 13.

Young, 44, who was hired this month, was coach at West Rowan from 1998 to 2014. His teams won nine conference championships, four regional and three state titles. He won 172 games at West Rowan.

But since March 2015, he’s been awaiting a heart transplant after suffering health problems that began with a heart attack in October 2011, and it was made worse by blood clots in his lungs.

Young had open heart surgery in March 2015, when doctors installed a ventricular assist device to help pump blood.