University High's Chris Conlin was diagnosed with cancer last month, but the long-time high school coach is maintaining a positive outlook in an effort to beat it.
Conlin, University High's baseball coach for the past 23 years, learned he had squamous cell carcinoma in his neck in September. He had surgery to remove the mass soon after and just this week began a seven-week program of radiation and chemotherapy therapy.
Conlin is still at school for now, continuing his duties as co-Athletic Director and an assistant coach on the varsity football team. He's handing over the offseason baseball workouts to his assistant coaches Mike Gerakos and his son, Kevin Conlin.
It's been a lot to absorb for Conlin, 58, but Conlin seems more concerned about those around him.
"What made it worse is that my dad passed away on Sept. 19 at the age of 90, and two days later I found out I had cancer," Conlin said. "I'm not so much worried about me, but for my wife and two kids, that's a lot to digest in a short time."