July 25, 2014

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Amherst cross country coach has heart attack

Terry Kemp was back home Sunday evening after suffering a mild heart attack on Saturday.

The 47-year-old girls cross country coach at Amherst was admitted to St. John West Shore Hospital, where he spent the night for observation.

Kemp said he first noticed symptoms Thursday evening.

“I’ve had a slight asthma problem for a while,” Kemp said. “When my doctor ran some tests they found I’ve got a congenital heart defect. He told me that if I wasn’t a runner that it was very likely I would have dropped dead in my 30s.”

Kemp had some medical tests a couple of years ago for an unrelated issue. An echocardiogram at that time didn’t reveal any heart issues, nor did an echocardiogram this time.

“Terry’s going to attempt to be at practice Monday, but Mike Gillam (school principal) and Scott Snyder (boys coach) will both there as well,” said Laura Kemp, Terry’s wife. “A lot of stress plays into coaching so we’re just going to have to take it day-to-day and follow doctor’s orders.”

The Amherst girls have won 10 Southwestern Conference titles in Kemp’s tenure (1990-95, 1999-2002). They qualified to state seven times, winning the 1991 Division I state title and taking second in ’90.