Huguenot coach back after heart scare

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Bo Jones Jr. has been living basketball for over two decades. Coaching can be a stressful job, and Jones found that out the hard way this weekend.

The Huguenot girls basketball coach suffered a heart palpitation prior to the team's participation in a tournament at Highland Spring High School. He was rushed to the hospital where he was cleared of any serious damage.

But he left with an order - don't yell, cut practices shorter, and be nicer to his players.

Easier said than done for the son of a coach, and a longtime member of the Huguenot athletics community.

He coached in his first game just four days after being hospitalized, Tuesday night against James River. And, of course, it was a game that put his heart to the test.  The game featured five lead changes in the last three minutes, and the Falcons lost by three.

Jones tried to follow doctor's orders - he tried to sit for most of the game, and keep the screaming to a minimum. He did that, until the last three minutes. That's when those old coaching habits kicked in.

But Jones says he understands he's getting older (even though he's just 33 years old), but he's going to try to stop rushing around as much as he always has.  His health may depend on it.

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