College Basketball

South Suburban coach Pigatti sidelined by mini-stroke

2014-01-16T19:42:00Z 2014-01-17T01:37:12Z South Suburban coach Pigatti sidelined by mini-strokeMatt Douthett matthew.douthett@nwi.com, (219) 933-4194 nwitimes.com

It is hard to miss John Pigatti on the sidelines of a South Suburban College men's basketball game.

The Bulldogs' head coach has a fiery demeanor during games. However, that will have to be toned down a bit on doctors' orders.

Pigatti suffered a mini-stroke on Jan. 3. He went out to shovel snow when he started feeling dizzy and disoriented. Later that day, Pigatti went to the mall and said his body began feeling numb.

He was rushed to Franciscan St. Anthony Health in Crown Point. Pigatti said he took a couple of aspirin when it happened, which saved his life.

Pigatti was released from the hospital four days later, then rested at home. On Thursday, Pigatti returned to the team for an abbreviated practice.

“It was tough, but I had to do it so the medicine could kick in,” Pigatti said of being away from the team. “I was monitored to make sure I was OK.”

Pigatti will return to the sideline at 3 p.m. Saturday, when the Bulldogs play host to Moraine Valley. The Bulldogs went 3-1 in his absence, including an ugly 90-44 loss to Southeastern Community College.

“I kind of have to take it easy and watch my blood pressure,” Pigatti said. “That's tough to do as a coach. I'm probably going to have to calm down some.”

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