HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - If you don't believe in miracles then you're definitely not a student at West Harrison High School, and you don't know their football defensive coordinator. Doctors still haven't figured out why teacher and coach Tracy Rogers slipped into a coma last weekend, but the folks at West Harrison said they never gave up hope.
The school staff said just days ago, medical tests showed Rogers had no brain activity and it seemed impossible the 31-year-old would ever walk the halls at West Harrison again. On Friday, he went to the school for the first time since taking ill. School officials asked we not to show Rogers' face because he is at the start of a very long recovery. Students said they'll be with him every step of the way.
Basketball. Soccer. Football. West Harrison High has a lot of teams. But on Friday, it was Team Rogers that took center stage. The school rallied around Rogers after he slipped into a mysterious coma. The assistant coach's illness was especially troubling for the football team.
"It was hard at first because we couldn't see him because he was in the ICU," said player Dominique Jenkins.
Senior Football Player Booker Ruggs said, "He means everything to me. He means everything to this team, the school. He's a big factor especially on defense and he means a lot."
"He's there. He'll pick you up when you're down," said another senior, Jonathan Steube. "He just wants you to be successful in life."
To show their love for Rogers, the students and teachers sold t-shirts and pledge cards to raise money for medical expenses.
"We're all a family here at West Harrison so when somebody is down or hurt it affects everybody," said senior Sarah White. "I thought if I got the shirt to represent that then we'll be showing the community that we are a family."
The Rogers family wrote the school a letter of appreciation thanking everyone at the school for their support and praising God for the miracle.
"You've just got to think positive and pray to God that it's going to be okay because nothing is impossible with God," said Steube.
When the lights went out, students danced to one of Rogers' favorite tunes "Mama Said There'd be Days Like This." When the lights came back on Coach Rogers for was there in the gym. The surprised students rushed to see the man they said is an inspiration for overcoming adversity.
Steube said, "Don't turn your back on anybody because I think we've all learned here today that everybody needs somebody in their life. I just want to say from the bottom of my heart, Coach I love you. I'm glad you're okay."
Coach Rogers was released from the hospital Wednesday night. His wife, Brittany, is also a teacher and a coach at West Harrison High School.