Erin Dean has found new life as Westminster High School's assistant track coach as she recovers from stage 4 Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer originating from white blood cells. Dean, 26, had to stop working at Carroll Hospital Center after she was diagnosed with the disease, because her immune system is too weak to be around sick patients and collect blood. Down on her luck and unable to do much while undergoing rigorous chemotherapy treatments, when Dean was approached by assistant track coach Chris Molloy about speaking to his athletes, she asked for the opportunity to coach. The former regional champion shot putter has been an inspiration to the team, and vice versa. While she has to coach by explaining, not doing, she's regaining strength and hopes to soon throw the shot put as far as she used to. She threw the shot for the first time in years earlier this week, and while it was well short of her championship throws, it was a significant achievement in her recovery.