Heart attack hospitalizes Colton coach

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Colton High School football coach Harold Strauss is recovering after suffering a heart attack on Sunday, Colton athletic director Kirk McVey said. McVey said Strauss felt like he had indigestion on Sunday night and was expressing concern to his daughter Tiffany. As of Tuesday afternoon, he was in the Intensive Care Unit, but could be moved to his own room soon. “He’s very coherent,” McVey said. “He and I are always cracking jokes and when I cracked one he smiled, but he wasn’t able to laugh out loud.” McVey said Strauss is scheduled to be in the hospital for 3-5 days. He added that assistant coaches Rick Bray and Chris Mailo have taken over running the offseason workouts and will continue to do so until Strauss is ready to return. Strauss has been in good health in recent years, but a bad back incurred a few months ago had curtailed his regular regimen. Strauss is one of the county’s most successful coaches, having won league titles in three of the last four years (two in the San Andreas League and one in the Citrus Belt League) and CIF eight-man titles at Bloomington Christian in 1985 and ’93. center_img “Coach Strauss was being stubborn about going to the hospital, but Tiff was being more stubborn (insisting that he go),” McVey said. Strauss, 48, went to St. Bernardine’s Hospital and it was determined he had suffered a heart attack. An angioplasty also revealed that he had an artery that was blocked. last_img read more