Ailing Molholm’s visit lifts his, players spirits

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By Michael Hicks

When the Evergreen Cougars take the field Aug. 27 at Moffat County, Rob Molholm will be on the sidelines. That hasn’t always been considered a sure bet this offseason.

Molholm, Evergreen’s varsity head football coach, has been dealing with stomach ulcers that have left him in and out of Lutheran Hospital for about a month now.

“I’ve had some convulsion seizures that have really been hurting me. I’ve been throwing up some blood. The doctors believe there’s more to it,” the 30-year-old said.

Molholm, entering his eighth season at Evergreen High, has left the day-to-day operation of the program to his assistant coaches, including his father, Keith Molholm, the team’s offensive coordinator. But he has no intentions of missing the Cougars’ opener much less the rest of the season. 

“I plan on being there on Friday,” Molholm said. “I plan on coaching this season, but I will have to get tested weekly.”

When the ailing coach made his way to the team’s intrasquad scrimmage on Aug. 21, players, coaches and fans alike welcomed him with open arms.

“When we heard he was in the hospital we got pretty upset,” junior quarterback Noah Ansley said. “When we saw him walking down everybody got a lot more confident, happier. Having our head coach out here always brings a good vibe to the field. It’s good to have him back.”

And he’s happy to be back, too.

“Looking at all the aspects of life football is probably one of my less stressful things. Teaching is more stressful than football,” Molholm said.