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New assistant coach faces off against melanoma

“Even though I walk through the valley of darkness, I fear no evil, for you are with me. Your rod and staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4.

This bible verse has been engraved in the mind — and on the body — of Missouri State’s new volunteer assistant coach, Craig Massoni.

Earlier this summer, Massoni woke up to a lot of bleeding near his belly button. There was a purple mass that had taken over his entire belly button, and it had burst open. He took a quick shower and bandaged it up, hoping that would hold up while he went to coach the Arkansas State Red Wolves on their senior day.