Texas State coach returns to diamond despite having cancer

Ty Harrington, Texas State baseball coach

SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — Texas State baseball coach Ty Harrington will continue to lead the Bobcats while he undergoes treatments for cancer.

Harrington was diagnosed with rectal cancer in August. The cancer has spread to other parts of the body and he continues to undergo chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

Harrington first visited the doctor for what he thought was a minor medical issue shortly after the Bobcats 2014 season. Despite self diagnosing the problem as the byproduct of a stressful season, Harrington took his doctor’s advice and had a colonoscopy performed. The procedure revealed a tumor, beginning the coach’s battle with cancer.

Harrington, who turned 50 this summer, hopes his story will encourage others his age to undergo medical tests that can catch cancer.

After missing much of fall practice, Harrington is hopeful his health will allow him more time with the team during the season, even as he continues to undergo treatment. The coach, entering his 16th season at Texas State, had to pause several times to compose himself while discussing his diagnosis and the support he’s received from his coaching staff and players.

The Bobcats begin practice Thursday and open the 2015 season Feb. 13 against UC-Davis.

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