BATAVIA, Ohio (FOX19) - The head coach of the West Clermont football team is in a battle off the field and his family is asking for prayers.
As a football coach Nick Ayers is normally the one leading the charge on the sideline to get his team to victory.
Now, Nick is in a fight off the football field and his team is praying for his recovery.
Nick was hospitalized on Sunday with multifocal pneumonia and COVID-19 symptoms, according to his wife Deidra.
It started with a cough earlier in the week, but it progressed to the point where had to be taken to the hospital.
Deidra posted on Facebook Sunday saying, Nick’s breathing dropped and he had to be put on oxygen.
Nick will undergo breathing treatments throughout the day to hopefully get him better.
Deidra said if Nick’s oxygen level can get above 95, she thinks the hospital might let him go home.
As they ask for thoughts and prayers, one family friend says he has no doubt Nick will pull through.
“No doubt, he’s gonna beat it,” said Bill Raper. “He is in my prayers. I put out a [Facebook] post asking people to pray for him.”
Those who have coached against Nick say even though he is known as a football coach, he is much more than just that.
“Nick Ayers is real, he’s humorous, he’s loveable,” said Anderson head coach Evan Dreyer. “He’s one of those guys you always want to be around because he can tell stories. He can support you.”
The athletic director at West Clermont sent FOX19 Now a statement, saying the school and his players look forward to having him back.
“Nick is a leader here at WCHS and we miss him and want him back in the worst way. We are trying to stay positive for our kids, and the kids want their coach back.”