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Butte Central Coach Returns to the Gridiron

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High school athletes across the state are tightening their chin straps for the upcoming football season, but one team in particular wasn't sure if they'd be tackling this year with a special coach.

Coach hog art has been a part of the Butte Central Maroons football program for the last 32 years, coaching special teams and handling the defensive line.

Coming back year after year, the maroons are a part of coach's life, but this year he wasn't sure if he would be on the sideline with his squad after having medical issues.

"My arm wasn't working very well and a couple days later it still wasn't working so I went to the hospital," Hogart said. "The emergency room doctor thought I had a stroke and it turns our he was right."

On Memorial Day, Coach Hogart suffered a stroke and lost control of most of his right side.

For help he would go to rehab, and just weeks later he ended up back in the hospital with chest issues.

"I went to Billings for a heart catheter and at that point I thought I was just going to get a stint," Hogart said. "The next thing I know, I had triple bypass surgery."

After having a stroke and just three weeks after heart surgery, Coach Hogart kept the maroons in mind and is back on the gridiron.

"I think one of things it emphasizes to the kids is you have absolutely no idea what's going to happen tomorrow in life," said head coach Don Peoples Jr. "You have to take advantage of today and get the most out of today."

"It's a real humbling experience to be able to go through what's happened and then to realize all the love and support that you really have," Hogart said.

While coach continues to recover, this year, he serves his football family as an inspiration.

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