Lehigh Associate Head Coach John Hughes in recovery following accident

Jan. 17, 2014, 10:44 a.m. (ET)
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Lehigh associate head wrestling coach John Hughes is in recovery following an accident at his parents’ farm in Benton, Pa., this past Monday. Hughes suffered an injury to his left forearm, including tendon, nerve and artery damage. He underwent nearly five hours of emergency surgery and is now facing extensive physical therapy with an expectation toward full recovery.

A national champion and former assistant coach at Penn State, Hughes is in his sixth season on the Mountain Hawks’ coaching staff and his third as associate head coach under Pat Santoro.

The Mountain Hawks return home to face EIWA rival Navy Friday night at 7 p.m. before heading to the Pacific Northwest for duals at Oregon State and Boise State next weekend. Hughes’ status for Lehigh’s upcoming duals remains uncertain.