Being From Opposing Teams Didn’t Stop These College Basketball Coaches From Sharing A Heartwarming Moment

Everyone's a winner here.

Despite the fact that they and their teams were about to go head to head, two college basketball coaches shared a heartwarming moment on the court that neither of them are likely to forget anytime soon. 

The two coaches at the center of the story are Joe Foley of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Angel Elderkin of Appalachian State University, whose teams were playing in the quarterfinal game of the Sun Belt's women's basketball tournament last night (March 9) in the hopes of advancing to the semifinals.

At the conclusion of each season, the coaches within a conference vote for one of their own to win the Coach of the Year award for what they've done on the court as well as off. That award was presented to Foley just before tip-off and, upon receiving it, he stunned everyone by promptly handed it over to Elderkin — who is battling endometrial cancer.

Watch the exchange — including a hug — here:


After the game — which resulted in Little Rock defeating Appalachian State  — the coaches took part in a press conference to discuss the game and that stunning moment they shared.

Foley kept his comments about handing the award over to Elderkin short and sweet, saying: "I got to thinking she's had more influence on kids than I ever had and, with what she's done this year, she deserves it."

On the other hand, Elderkin — who went public with her diagnosis last summer, leading to an outpour of support within the sport — had a lot to say about Foley's decision to put competition aside and honor a fellow coach. 

"When he did that I was, like, in shock. I didn't see it coming, but it was just an unbelievable gesture from somebody that I have so much respect for," Elderkin said. "And for him to do that before the game, it was pretty humbling, but that's the kind of support I've been getting all season from our coaches. This league has some exceptional coaches and he's the leader, he's been here the longest, and he shows us the way. I think it was unbelievable what he did for me."

Watch the rest of the press conference below:


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