Side Lines: Bryan Fisher gives Northridge football plenty of reason to be inspired

Elkhart Truth | Bill Beck

The Raiders freshman football coach, three months removed from heart transplant surgery, is back on the field for Northridge High School.

Bryan Fisher, freshman football coach at Northridge High School, sends in a play during practice Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. Fisher, 43, received a heart transplant in the spring. (Bill Beck/The Elkhart Truth)

MIDDLEBURY — Bryan Fisher figured his football days were a thing of the past. No workouts, no teaching, no Friday nights.

Fisher, 43, was diagnosed with congestive heart failure last winter.

At first I thought it was probably the end of my coaching career,” Fisher said. “I thought I’d have to take a year or two off and by then kind of be done with it.”

But on May 5, he underwent transplant surgery. After three months of rehabilitation, medications and rest, he was given the go-ahead to coach.

When the Northridge Raiders returned to the first official practice of the season on Monday, Aug. 3, Fisher was more than anxious to get back to work.

“It was a feeling of totally being energized ... just having that feeling that it’s a miracle I’m here. A feeling of such enjoyment,” said Fisher, the head coach of the freshman squad. Continue reading