Columbus State University head women's basketball coach Jonathan Norton collapsed on the Lady Cougar sideline during Wednesday night's game versus North Georgia at Memorial Hall in Dahlonega, Ga.
The game was stopped for an extended period of time as Norton was tended to by medical personnel. The Lady Cougar head coach was taken out of the gym on a stretcher and an ambulance took him to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in nearby Gainesville. Emergency personnel said Norton was in stable condition and his vital signs were good when he arrived at the hospital. Initial hospital tests indicated that Norton did not suffer a heart attack and he will remain in the hospital overnight for further testing.
The 2015 Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year, Norton is in his seventh year as the head coach in Columbus.
Columbus State held a 53-51 lead at the time of the incident and play was resumed once Norton was taken to the hospital. The Lady Cougars ultimately fell 73-70 in overtime.
Assistant coach Kiersten Reid took over for Norton the rest of the way.
The 14th ranked Lady Cougars suffered their first Peach Belt Conference loss of the season, losing to North Georgia 73-70 in overtime.