New Albany football coach Bubba Kidwell is hospitalized after suffering a heart attack, Eagles athletics director Richie Wildenhaus announced Aug. 31.

According to an email update to the team, which Wildenhaus shared with ThisWeek, Kidwell experienced chest pain during New Albany’s 48-21 home loss to Westerville South on Aug. 30. He was evaluated at an urgent care overnight and later transported to a hospital with symptoms of a heart attack.

“Preliminary results indicate that (Kidwell) did have a heart attack and he is currently undergoing tests and observation and will remain in the hospital for further evaluation,” Wildenhaus said in the email.

Offensive coordinator Brian Finn will be acting head coach in Kidwell’s absence. James Yarbrough will be acting defensive coordinator, a role Kidwell continues to fill after serving in that capacity from 2013-17.

Kidwell, who has coached in the program since 2004, is in his second year as head coach.

New Albany continues a two-game homestand to start the season Sept. 6 when it plays Dublin Scioto.

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