Washington boys basketball coach Kevin Brown will be battling to get back to the sidelines by November.
An MRI showed that the 49-year-old Brown has a brain tumor, he said; suspected to be Gilioblastoma, though doctors won't know until after the tumor has been removed. Surgery is scheduled for Friday morning.
When Brown first started having issues, he felt "healthy as can be," with what he thought were symptoms of a sinus infection, but further testing showed otherwise.
"I'm a basketball coach that a lot of people want to write about (and) talk about, but there are a lot of people out there fighting that battle and I'm ready to join in and fight with them right now," Brown said. "That's the biggest thing -- there's a lot of people out there fighting this, and I'm ready to join in and fight that battle with them."
Brown said he has "a ton of confidence" in his neurosurgeon.
"I'm ready to attack this thing and battle it," Brown said. "It's definitely a curveball that life threw and I wasn't ready for it."
Brown met with the team and told them the news early this week. Current and past players have showed their support for Brown on social media.
"I've asked a lot of kids over the years to fight a lot of battles, and we always talk about that there's going to be another battle in front of you," he said. "I've got a tough one, but I'm going to follow what I've told kids up to this point."
Brown and his wife of 26 years, Jodi, have no children of their own, but have invested in the lives of young men through coaching. That's what Brown will look forward to -- getting back to the sidelines.
"It is not out of the question that I'll be on the sidelines in November if everything goes right," he said.
Devin Whitelow, a 2017 graduate who is a sophomore at Winona State, posted on Twitter: "For those of you that know me, you know Coach Brown is a second father to me. Him and his wife Jodi have been second parents to me since I was 14 years old. I have an immense amount of love and respect for them. ... Anyone that knows him know he is a fighter, competitor and a winner so I have no doubt in my mind that he will beat this. I ask that all of you keep him and his family in your prayers."