When a coach says he would do anything for his players, it sounds like a cliche.

Then there is Wake Forest baseball coach Tom Walter.

Monday, Walter donated one of his healthy kidneys to Kevin Jordan, a Wake Forest freshman outfielder talented enough to be drafted in the 19th round by the New York Yankees last year but sick enough to wonder if he’d ever play again.

Surviving became Jordan’s challenge.

Today, Walter and Jordan are recuperating together at Emory University in Atlanta, each with one healthy kidney and baseball in their futures.

“I wanted to help this young man,” Walter, 42, said on a conference call last week.

“When we recruit our guys, we talk about family and making sacrifices for one another. It’s something we take very seriously.”

When no one in Jordan’s family could give him what he needed, the baseball coach – for whom he’s never played a game – did.

“It’s something you can’t imagine,” said Keith Jordan, Kevin’s father. “Somebody mentioned divine intervention when you look at how we got to Wake Forest … it’s just one of those things you can’t express in words.”

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