D.H. Conley basketball coach gets new kidney

POSTED: 9:37 AM Oct 15 2012   UPDATED: 9:39 AM Oct 15 2012
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GREENVILLE -

A local high school basketball coach received a new kidney Sunday night. William Knight, who is the JV girl's basketball coach at D.H. Conley, told NewsChannel 12 he is getting by well this morning. 

Knight is currently recovering from the surgery at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

In February, the girl's basketball team to set up a website, KidneyForCoach.com, to help Coach Knight get a kidney. 

Paul Dunn, the father of one of the players, said it's unclear what impact the website had on the Coach finding a kidney.  Dunn said that was beside the point, stating that everyone is thankful that their prayers have been answered. 

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Dialysis six days a week -- that's what a local high school basketball coach has been going through as he searches for a new kidney. So his players are teaming up off the court to help.

D.H. Conley Freshman Olivia Dunn says Vikings JV Coach William Knight has changed her life. Now, she wants to change his. Olivia and the team have set up a website to help find Knight a kidney. It's called kidneyforcoach.com.

"He doesn't have a kid at D.H. Conley," Dunn said. "He comes out here because he loves the game and he loves us."

Coach Knight is grateful, and says his players keep him going.

"When I'm coaching these girls, I don't ever think about dialysis, or my kidney problems, or any other problem I have," Knight said.

The last game of the season for the Vikings is Thursday at 4 p.m at D.H. Conley in Greenville. They will be playing against rival South Central High School.