Ten days after Larry Hirst collapsed because of dehydration while coaching the Newport Harbor High boys' basketball team during a game, he is back on his feet at the school.
Athletic Director Mike Zimmerman said Hirst returned to campus and the team for the first time on Monday.
"He looks great and well-rested," Zimmerman said of Hirst. Zimmerman added that Hirst went through his normal routine, teaching physical education before running the team's practice. "He's following the doctor's orders and he is on the medication that he needs to be on.
"Coming back to school and being with the team is the best medication he can have."
Zimmerman said he did not know what kind of medication Hirst is taking. He said he is just glad Hirst is feeling better and back after he missed the last three games.
Hirst had been recovering at home since paramedics took him to Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian on Jan. 14, when Hirst collapsed late in the fourth quarter of the Sailors' game against Edison. Zimmerman said Hirst felt sick and his sinuses were giving him problems days before the home game against his alma mater.