Ramapo’s football coach rushed to hospital after training emergency, fighting for his life


Ramapo’s football coach Drew Gibbs is fighting for his life and undergoing surgery to repair a torn aortic valve, according to his son.

“He had chest pains in training. We took him to the hospital, ”said Brian Gibbs.

Gibbs was rushed to Valley Hospital in Ridgewood on Monday evening, where medics found the tear from a CT scan. The operation is expected to last eight to ten hours, according to young Gibbs, who is an assistant coach with his father’s team.

“Send good vibes. Send prayers. Whatever you do, do it tonight, ”said Brian Gibbs. “He’s a fighter, and he’s going to fight. I know that.”

During his 21st season as Ramapo’s head coach, Gibbs has racked up a consistently strong program, which is consistently ranked among New Jersey’s best. Ramapo has lost three games in the past four seasons.

This year’s squad is 9-1 and gearing up for their next league game against Northern Highlands in North Jersey, Section 1, Group 4, final on Friday.

Under Gibbs, Ramapo has won seven section titles and the last two regional championships in North Jersey, Group 3. He has a career record of 183-51 as a head coach at Ramapo and over four decades. of experience as a coach.

“Coach Gibbs is the heart and soul of Ramapo football and has made an impact on every player he has coached,” said Max Baker, a former Gibbs 2019 championship player. “We all love him to death and pray for him.”

Gibbs was named State Coach of the Year by NJ.com after the 2019 season, when his team finished their second consecutive season 13-0.

Ramapo defeated Summit at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford to close the 2018 season. The Ramapo 2019 team went on to claim 13 more straight wins and beat Parsippany Hills in their MetLife final. Bergen County School’s winning streak grew to 27 straight wins before losing to River Dell in last season’s COVID-shortened season.

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