Centennial High School head football coach, Kevin Sneed, fights throat cancer
News has rocked school's community
Last Updated: 75 days ago
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Centennial High School head football coach, Kevin Sneed, was struck with news two weeks ago that he would be fighting throat cancer.
Sneed, who had originally retired from coaching and became an Athletic Director at Ridgeview HIgh School, returned back to coach at Centennial, this year.
The news did not come as a shock to the coach as cancer had been a trend among his family, even losing one brother to the disease, last year.
Although the news worried Sneed that he would have to give up his coaching position.
"I had a little lump on my throat and I had hoped it was a little infection...They found out I have cancer on my throat, tongue and the side of my neck," explained Sneed.
After Sneed received the news, he informed staff and players to let them know. The news about the well known coach rocked the Centennial community.
"It was a big shock, everybody was worried. It has been a stressful two week for not only his family but the coaches and players, here, too," said Assistant Coach Mike Gregg.
Last night, Sneed and his family received good news from doctors. The cancer had not spread and Sneed could continue with coaching the Golden Hawks.
"He called me yesterday, on the way back, and told me the news. I could tell in his voice that he was very very happy with the news that he got," said Gregg.
Sneed did confirm that his condition is treatable and he would be starting radiation and chemotherapy.
The head coach will be on the sideline tonight as the Golden Hawks host Santa Barbara.
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