STILWELL, Kan. -- As a Blue Valley High School football and track coach remains in the hospital Monday on life support, his wife is asking for continued prayers for her husband and family.
Kari Driskell posted on Facebook early Monday that her husband, Eric, sustained a ruptured brain aneurysm Sunday while eating with fellow coaches and talking football. Coach Driskell collapsed at the restaurant they were eating and was immediately rushed to the hospital.
"To be honest, it's not good," Kari posted to Facebook. "He needs a miracle."
Coach Driskell, who is 43 years old and married with two daughters, was placed on life support, and they don’t believe he’s going to recover.
In her Facebook post, Kari refers to her husband as "the best man in the entire world."
Coach Driskell grew up in Stilwell and played on the 1991 Blue Valley state championship football team. He then played football at Baker University before going back and becoming an assistant coach at his alma mater. He taught weightlifting and PE and became head football coach in 2010. He won a 6A state football championship in both 2010 and 2013. Last fall, his team lost a state championship a nail-biter against Derby 17-14.
The suddenness of this has really shaken the Blue Valley community and the school will have counselors on hand Monday to help the students and teachers grieve.
Fox 4 is in touch with Blue Valley officials and will give you the latest of Coach Driskell’s situation as we get word.
Here's what some on social media have said:
Prayers tonight for Coach Driskell. 🙏
— David Beaty (@beaty_david) February 13, 2017
Coach Driskell cared so much for his players on/off the field & would do anything for them. Prayers to Blue Valley. https://t.co/1VzSbvVQvz
— Sports in Kansas (@sportsinkansas) February 13, 2017