The healing power of coaching for Steve Majerle

December 8, 2012 in High School

By Patrick Hayes

Because of the high-stress and competitive nature of coaching, it’s rare to hear the profession described as having positive health benefits. But the healing power of coaching is exactly the reason Hall of Fame coach Steve Majerle, the former coach at Rockford, returned to the sidelines this season to take the head job at Grand Rapids Christian. Steve Kaminski of the Grand Rapids Press recently interviewed Majerle, who has Parkinson’s Disease, about his return:

“This gives me something to look forward to,” said Majerle, who will begin his coaching tenure at Christian Tuesday night when the Eagles play at Catholic Central in their season opener. “I have a beautiful family and beautiful kids. But this also gives me something to think about, to keep me going. It gets me up in the morning. Running water doesn’t freeze. I will be fine if I keep moving.

“This is actually good for my disease.”

Majerle stepped down at Rockford when his condition became too painful to coach with, but Kaminski reports that a surgical procedure has made Majerle more comfortable and able to deal with the rigors of coaching one of the top high school teams in the state.

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