Trinity Catholic football coach Pete Stokes has been hospitalized since Wednesday after a routine colonoscopy revealed a heart problem that is going to necessitate the installation of a pacemaker.
During the procedure, which was performed last Friday, Stokes said an abnormality was detected in his heart. He coached the Crusaders during last Saturday’s loss to Fairfield Warde, but went to see a cardiologist on Monday. Stokes said he failed a stress test on Wednesday, and an electrical circuitry problem between the top and bottom half of his heart was diagnosed.
Stokes has been in Stamford Hospital since Wednesday. He said he is going to a cardio treatment center in Manhattan on Monday to undergo more tests and have a pacemaker placed in his heart. Stokes said it is possible he may need a defibrillator, depending on how he responds.
Stokes was upbeat when I spoke to him this afternoon.
“I’m doing great,” he said. “I’m feeling fine. I just have to make sure my heart is working properly or else I’m in trouble. My heart is bleeding for my family and Trinity football. But I plan to be back before the end of the year.”
Offensive coordinator Joe Claps will coach Trinity tonight against North Haven and until Stokes returns.
Stokes, a former quarterback for the school when it was known as Stamford Catholic, is in his second season as head coach. The Crusaders are 1-5, with four games remaining.
This has been a tough week for the school: athletic director Tracy Nichols had a hip replacement on Monday and is out indefinitely. Mike O’Leary is the interim AD.