Lafayette, Louisiana (KADN) — Former Comeaux high school football coach Brian Langlinais exercises almost every day after teaching health and physical education at Austin Elementary School. He fights through each set with the same enthusiasm he used to direct his Spartans football team. He is 53 years old. However, 11 years ago, he was carrying a load few people could lift.
"Starting in 2009, my mother-in-law died and I lost my job at Comeaux High School as the head football coach," Langlinais explained right before his workout. "After that, we got robbed at gunpoint at our house. After that, I got diagnosed with prostate cancer at that time."
Brian Langlinais works out at Red Lerille's Health & Racquet Club
Langlinais was diagnosed with prostate cancer in November of 2011. It was even more devastating because his father and grandfather both died from it.
"When you hear that, you think you're going to be the next one to die," Langlinais said. "We cried that night and decided we were going to fight it. We could have gone into depression and done nothing about it, but we chose the greater. We prayed and attacked it."
In February 2012, Coach Langlinais was cured just three months after his diagnosis. On third-and-long with his life on the line, his play call was the same—prayer and thanksgiving.
"We knew we were going to win as a family," Langlinais said. "We beat cancer together and that's how we approach life every day."
Coach Langlinais is married with two kids, Amber and Dylan. Dylan was in the 6th grade when his dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
"You never ask why me," Dylan said. "If the situation occurs, you attack it head-on. You put the fear away and you attack it the way you're supposed to."
This has taught me you need friends," Langlinais said. "Put your family ahead of everything and rely on God to get you through all problems in anything and then you can."
While working out, Coach Langlinais wears a wristband that says, "Do Something Beautiful for God." He strives for his life to be a mural of that philosophy every day.
"I will wear it till it peels off," Coach Langlinais said.