SMSU Coach Learns to Cope After Tragedy

Updated: 11/10/2012 11:32 AM KSTP.com By: Leslie Dyste

The head basketball coach for Southwest Minnesota State says he's learning how to live with his worst nightmare.

Brad Bigler lost his five-month-old son in July, after police say a drunk driver hit the car his family was in.

Bigler and his wife, along with their son Drake were returning from a wedding reception.

Police say 38-year-old Dana Schoen was drunk when he swerved his truck into Bigler's SUV.

Police found empty beer cans in Shoen's truck, and said his blood alcohol content was more than four times the legal limit.

Bigler says, "You just don't want that anger to change you." The Bigers' two older children weren't in the car that day. He says it's important to be strong for them.

"We're going to remember him forever... happy times too."

Now, his players and the SMSU community are helping coach Bigler recover.

"It's almost humbling... how many people are there to help you," said Bigler.

Bigler's wife suffered minor injuries but is now back at work as a counselor at the Marshall Middle School.

Schoen has pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide and DWI charges. He's out of jail awaiting trial.