NIC coach hit on I-90 makes his return to the basketball court


KREM 2's Taylor Viydo has the story (11/28/16)

One of the North Idaho College coaches hurt in a crash on Interstate 90 this September is happy to be back on the court.

It has taken a lot to get George Swanson, 46, back to work. Beneath the NIC warm ups, Swanson has metal plates and screws inside some of his bones.

“I broke both pelvises, femur, forearm, upper arm,” he explained.

Back on Sept. 22, Swanson along with the rest of the NIC coaching staff, was headed to Portland for a recruiting trip when they hit a deer on I-90 near Cheney.

The group got out of the car as they waited for a tow truck to arrive.

After the truck showed up, an oncoming driver swerved off the highway and hit Swanson and two other coaches.

Swanson took the brunt of the hit though, and doctors put him in a medically induced coma as he recovered.

“First thing I remember is waking up in the hospital, probably six days later,” recalled Swanson.

Doctors told him he would likely make a full recovery…but would probably need to sit out the Cardinals’ season.

Once out of the hospital and onto therapy, Swanson made it clear that he had to be back on the court.

“I think I lasted two days at therapy before I was at practice every day after that,” he laughed.

Docotrs said it could be six months before Swanson walked again, but he is already up and about.

“It’s feeling good,” Swanson explained. “I like being around the guys. I’m back, I’m 100 percent back here.”

As for Swanson’s players, they’re backing “Coach G” all the way.


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