(4-26-20) While most Athletic Directors had concerns, after the outbreak of COVID 19, about how to finish winter sports and looking for a way to save spring sports. West Noble (Ligonier, Indiana) Athletic Director Tom Schermerhorn was fighting another battle…COVID 19 and it would give him the fight of his life.
The battle started on March 30th, Scherrmerhorn told the Goshen News –
“I don’t know if I felt terrible, but I just know things went downhill really quick. There’s a lot of blanks that I still have to fill in because I really don’t know. From my standpoint, that’s kind of the scary part. Scary for my wife, for my kids; they had to go into quarantine for a few weeks. Just thankful that I don’t think any of them came down with it.”
His battle included days on a ventilator in the ICU at Parkview Hospital in Ft. Wayne. To make that more stressful his family was not allowed to be with him during all of that process and his time in the recovery and rehabilitation facility.
He shared his thoughts about those who helped him during his battle –
The first news of Schermerhorn’s situation came to light to many in Indiana thanks to a tweet by Purdue Volleyball Coach Dave Shondell –
Schermerhorn’s daughter, Maddie, is a member of the Boilermakers volleyball team. The posting by Shondell and updates helped with thoughts and prayers coming from around Indiana and the country.
Yesterday he was able to celebrate with many of those who had been praying for him when he came back to Ligoneer. During his ride home he would find a large crowd to welcome him home at the West Noble High School. It was a chance for him, his family, his school and his many friends to celebrate his recovery and the journey he went through.
The Homecoming –
This past summer…
West Noble’s Tom Schermerhorn named Indiana AD of the Year