Amid a pandemic, basketball coach designs his next play — a wedding

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — While the pandemic has canceled everything from spring sports seasons to state championship games, it’s not stopping one couple from getting married.

The coronavirus crisis has forced many to get creative about celebrating major milestones and life events. But Patrick Henry girls basketball head coach Mike Hedrick isn’t letting the virus get in the way of love.

Hedrick is set to marry his fiancé, Agaisha Granger, in late June. The two have been engaged since last October, before the high school basketball season began.

And after Hedrick led the Patriots to a historic run in the state basketball tournament, he set his focus on planning a wedding. And even when the coronavirus forced the Commonwealth to stay at home, Hedrick was determined to keep the date.

“I don’t know what it’s going to look like. Or who’s going to be there,” Hedrick said. “And maybe it’s a Zoom wedding.”

Hedrick says Granger, a South Carolina teacher, has been a big help through this season.

“Because you don’t understand how hard it is to be married or engaged to somebody who is obsessed with basketball,” Hedrick said “It really is a hard thing to do. I give her a lot of credit that she puts up with me because it’s not easy. It’s just not.”

The two started dating in 2018.

“I found somebody that I care a lot about,” Hedrick said. “She cares a lot about me and honestly when you’re a coach and you’re dealing with other people’s kids and you’re so invested. It’s very important I’ve learned that you have to have somebody there to support you. And Agaisha does that for me.”

Hedrick says he plans to have the ceremony take place at its original location in South Carolina, where much of the state has reopened and loosened restrictions. He hopes to have the small, intimate wedding as planned with no issues.

“I’m really trying to and learning how to support her as well in her endeavors because she’s a great singer and she’s a really great teacher,” Hedrick said. “So I’m hoping that us getting married makes me a better person and I can parlay that into being a better coach.”

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