Watch this basketball coach surprise his students after his year-long deployment

Basketball coach and dean Gregory McCoy could not have been happier to return from deployment, and the surprise he had in store for his students was epic!

When McCoy was deployed to the Middle East, his was concerned about his students at Hill Middle School in Denver. He'd spent most days with them since they were in sixth grade, and he'd formed a deep connection with each one of them. Keeping his return a secret, McCoy surprised them one by one upon his arrival back home.

Watch Gregory’s students react to their favorite person coming home!

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Watch deployed coach shock his students with surprise visits