Family Touched by Outpouring of Love and Support
April 30, 2014
Dalton State Athletic Director Derek Waugh says the family of Assistant Basketball Coach John Redman has been deeply touched by the outpouring of love and support from Redman’s adopted hometown of Dalton.
Coach Redman was seriously injured in a car crash Monday evening; his fiancé, Brittany Huber, a paraprofessional from City Park Elementary School, died in the crash. The couple was enroute from Dalton to Mobile, Alabama, where they were to be married Saturday. Coach Redman remains in the Intensive Care Unit at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta where he is recovering from head injuries and fractures.
“John’s mom and dad both told me they were just blown away by the love and support and prayers they have felt from the people of Dalton, a town John and Brittany moved to just one year ago,” Waugh said.
Waugh described Huber as “an absolute sweetheart” whose loss will be deeply felt by everyone associated with the Roadrunner basketball program. “She was an angel on Earth who absolutely lit up a room. She never had an unkind thing to say about anyone, and she and John were a great couple very excited about getting married.”
Waugh described the basketball team as a tight group that is helping each other get through the tragedy. “In the short time they’ve been together, I think they’ve created a culture where they can lean on each other,” he said. “I think we just want to let the families know how much Brittany and John have meant to this team, this school, and this community.”
Redman, 23, joined the Dalton State staff just a year ago and helped build the team from the ground up. “John came into a tough situation; he was hired in May and helped Coach Ingle get an amazing group together by September,” Waugh said. “As the only assistant coach, he handled everything from administration to recruiting to scheduling to travel, and he did it seamlessly. He has a bright future ahead of him coaching college basketball.”
Redman was hired by Head Basketball Coach Tony Ingle who “saw something special in John” and knew what an asset he could be to the fledgling program. The reborn Roadrunners ended their inaugural season with a 26 and four record.
“His family is strong, and John’s a fighter,” Waugh said. “We just pray he will come through this quickly and well. Our hearts go out to John’s family and to the Hubers; I hope they realize the tremendous impact this young couple has made on this community in the short time that they’ve been here.”