GARLAND – Reggie Shaw, the Bear River boys basketball head coach, has overcome adversity in the past, and with the prayers of the Tremonton community and Bear River High School he hopes to overcome a new challenge. The first year coach was diagnosed with a brain tumor Tuesday and Thursday headed to University of Utah Medical Canter to have it removed.
Van Park, the Bear River High School athletic director and former high school varsity basketball coach, said Shaw was having headaches and went to the doctor to have them checked out.
“They found out he has a mass on his brain,” he said. “It doesn’t appear to be malignant and they are going in to undergo surgery to remove it tomorrow at the University of Utah Medical Center.”
He said Reggie is optimistic and thinks he will be back on Monday.
“The team seems to be doing well,” he said as the team prepared to play at Logan Wednesday. “They are trying to move past it and play on.”
Park said the coach has a lot prayers going out for him and his family.
Shaw is married to Britney and has one daughter.
Greg Madson interviewed Shaw Monday night on the Bear River Coaches and Community Show on 104 the Ranch, and he talked about the team and how they were doing.
“He thought he had a cold and wiped down the area after his interview,” Madson said. “He didn’t want to get anyone sick.”
This is Shaw’s first year as a head coach. He was an assistant basketball coach at Desert Hills in St. George.
Shaw was 2005 graduate of Bear River High School and starred in football, basketball and track.
In 2006, Shaw was in an accident that caused the death of two people.
“The last few years haven’t been easy,” Shaw said in an interview with Madson after being named as head coach last year. “I hurt a lot of people.”
He said life has been difficult since the accident and he has had a lot to deal with.
“I’ve learned how to handle hardship and adversity things are not always going to be great,” he said. “There are challenges and experiences outside of basketball.”
The Bear River Coaches and Community Show is live at Greer’s Hardware in Tremonton. We are talking with the Bear River Valley Museum directors, Bear River high school cheerleaders, and of course, Bear River boys basketball.￼
Posted by 104 The Ranch on Monday, January 20, 2020