Rensselaer assistant coach Nolan Graham is in intensive care at Albany Medical Hospital after being struck by a vehicle Tuesday. He was struck in a Rite-Aid parking lot while walking to his car with his 7-year old nephew. No further details of the accident were immediately available.
According to an account on a GoFundMe set up in his support, Graham suffered skull fractures and minor brain injuries, and is expected to remain hospitalized indefinitely, though he is conscious. The recovery period, the page said, would last 6-12 months.
The GoFundMe page was created “in order to provide support for Nolan, his wife Crystal and his daughter Ellie. The short term goal is to get out of ICU. Down the road, he will need extensive physiotherapy and countless other steps ahead for him to be back to his normal self; coaching and running ultra marathons. This will take a lot of time and effort from him and his entire family. … This money will be used to support his recovery and any other expenses he may incur while recovering.”
Graham has been an assistant coach at RPI since 2010, and remained on the staff this past year despite a head coaching change from Seth Appert to Dave Smith.
A native of Nanaimo, B.C., Graham played for the Engineers from 1999-2003, scoring 27 goals and 77 points in 140 games. He had a brief minor-league career before moving to coaching.