SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) – Scott County High School has been hurting without the center of their baseball team.
According to the team’s twitter account, Head Coach Scott Willard was diagnosed with West Nile Virus about a week ago.
“He’s an even better person then he is coach,” said Elliott Hutton, a former player.
It’s that type of leadership that Coach Willard shows on the field that’s helped develop his high school players from boys to men.
“Willard was a tough coach. he pushed us to our limits and wanted us to play our best,” said Robbie Hannabach, a former player.
Willard has been an important part of the school’s coaching staff for over a decade, as head baseball coach and assistant coach of the football team.
So it came as a shock to his former players when they heard he was diagnosed with the virus
“A lot of people are hoping he pulls through this because he’s the leader of the pack and he has been for quite awhile,” said Hutton.
With several successful seasons on the diamond, Scott County is eager to have him back in the dugout.