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Local basketball coach back on the court after kidney transplant

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A Pitt County coach who got a second chance at life is back on the court and wrapping up the season.

D.H. Conley JV basketball coach William Knight had needed a new kidney since 2009.

He got that kidney in October 2012, and is now back in the game.

"Everyday is better and better and I'm blessed," Knight said.

"I was so excited and when he actually got it, and I when I saw him in the hospital it was just… I couldn't believe it," said Olivia Dunn, one of the girls on his team.

With support from the team, she created kidneyforcoach.com to try and find a matching donor.

They don't know if that's where coach knight's kidney came from, but they're just glad he got it.

"It made us that much closer knowing we had a goal, worked toward it, and succeeded," said Olivia.

Coach Knight says his team has been good medicine.

"They have kept my mind off my recovery. I know in order for them to succeed I had to be at the top of the game and so far the Lord has blessed me and we've had a great season," said Knight.

The JV Lady Vikings are undefeated in the conference took home the win during their last home game Tuesday night.

Coach Knight says regardless of the score, the girls are already winners.

"I always tell my girls it's not about basketball. I try to teach them the way of life and, like my mom always said if you do right, right will follow."

"I've learned through coach knight that whatever struggles you face, you just have to fight through it because that's such a monumental thing he had to fight through and he did it anyway. He's back here and supporting us. He's selfless and I've learned you can get through anything," said Olivia.

This is Olivia's last season but she says the impact coach knight has had on her life will last forever.

"He's going to be my mentor for the rest of my life," she said.

The team now sports Donate Life shirts during practice to support live organ donations.

"As long as you're helping people, that's where your blessings come from and I've been truly blessed," said Knight.

The team will take on South Central for their final game on Thursday.

You can see 9 On Your Side's full coverage of coach Knight's journey by clicking the other videos above, and see where it started by clicking here.

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