John D'Abruzzo profiles Cornell boys basketball coach Bill Sacco.
(Photo: Cornell's Zacchaeus Humphries drives to the basket against Jefferson-Morgan's Jalen Torres during the Raiders WPIAL Class A first-round victory last Saturday at Baldwin. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
"Sitting out this winter and not coaching high school basketball never really crossed Bill Sacco's mind.
Despite spending close to four months confined to hospitals and rehabilitation facilities, the Cornell boys coach could only focus on getting back to his spot the bench.
"[Basketball] really took my mind off things," said Sacco, who is in his 44th season coaching high school basketball. "I wasn't concerned about my health as much as I was concerned about what the team was doing."
Following a recent knee replacement, the 71-year-old Sacco ended up suffering from an infection that eventually spread to his spine. Doctors had to remove the infection and operate through his abdomen."