Winningest Coach in The Area Did It All While Battling Disease

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ROGERS, ARK. (KFSM) - He's one of the winningest head coaches in Arkansas history. Huntsville Athletic Director, Tommy Tice, has nearly 300 victories.

"I guess I've had my share of success," Tice said. "But my real success lies in the players that I've had and the assistant coaches that I've had."

Coach Tice has also appeared in more games than anyone else.

"So in 1974 until 1981, I was the head football coach at Huntsville. we had several good seasons, and won about four district titles," Tice said.

But, he's done it all with a disease for the past 30 years.

"I've had Crohn's since I was 19 years old, and I didn't know what I had. I didn't know what I had until about 15 years ago. And it's been challenging. It's had a big impact on my life," Tice said.

Crohn's is a disease much more than dealing with the digestive system. It can leave you in so much pain it brings you to the floor, so much pain you can't eat.

"There's been times just when you had to leave practice, you had to leave games. You had to have those people that you could trust, again, to take over for you. That's what I hope tonight that we can share with some people that have this disease," Tice said.

That's why he decided to speak out  with the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation about what he battles. He wants others with this disease to know they aren't alone.

"It's a very humiliating, very embarrassing disease, just let them know, I thought for a long time it was something I had to put up with," Tice said

Coach Tice didn't let his disease keep him from his success.