Ocean Springs coach who beat cancer is an inspiration to his players

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - After 25 years in the Alabama school system, serving as a coach and teacher, Scott Lesley decided to retire and move to Ocean Springs. That didn't mean he gave up coaching and teaching.

Before the 20-13 season kicked off... Ocean Springs head coach Ryan Ross named Lesley the Greyhounds new offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.

Lesley said,"My parents taught me at a young age that I can be anything I wanted to be and I wanted to be a coach at a young age. I love being out with the kids, I love the players. I love the dedication it requires to be a football player."

Coach Lesley says in January of 2010 he was forced to take a leave of absence as the head football coach at Mary Montgomery High School to concentrate on his battle with skin cancer, cancer that had entered his lymph nodes. At that time doctors told him he had a 50 percent chance of survival.

He won that battle.

"Cancer opens up your eyes to a lot of things. It makes you appreciate life. It makes you appreciate the things that you have and to take things take by day," stated Lesley.

He added,"I got an email from a young man the other day who is living in Virginia telling me about some of the lessons he learned in football and it gives me chill bumps right now to think about we had a positive impact on that young mans life. You can have a negative impact as well, you have to be very careful. We try to instill honesty, camaraderie, working together as a unit."

Lesley is making a difference at Ocean Springs High School, teaching the game of football and the game of life to his Greyhound players and what it means to succeed both on and off the playing field.

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