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Louisa County community mourns beloved coach

Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 5:00 am

Coach Mark Fischer, who retired from his position as head football coach at Louisa County High School, following the 2017 state championship run, lends some advice to one of his players on the sidelines.

Mark Fischer lost his seven-year battle with multiple myeloma on Feb. 17.

Fischer served two stints as Louisa County High School’s head football coach. After his diagnosis, he continued to inspire his players, colleagues and community with his positive outlook and courage.

He was the head football coach at Louisa County High School for 12 seasons, first from 2003-2010, then from 2014 to 2017. In the three-year interim, Fischer served as head coach for St. James High School in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The esteemed coach led the Lions to two state championship bids in 2006 and 2017.  He accumulated 96 wins for the Lions, had three undefeated seasons, and was named Jefferson District coach of the year six times—in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2017.

He was also named Virginia Coach of the Year by the Associated Press in 2006.

“It’s impossible to express how heartbroken we are at the news of Coach Fischer’s passing,” Superintendent Doug Straley said.“His legacy of toughness, determination, and grit will be a part of this community forever. He was truly an inspiration to so many.

Straley was the high school athletic director who hired Fischer in 2003. The two meshed well together and brought a new level of enthusiasm to Friday night football in The Jungle.

In 2017, when Fischer talked with The Central Virginian about his decision to step down at the end of the season, he shared what message he hoped to get across to his players.

“If I can somehow or another instill in somebody that no matter how much it seems the cards are against you, you can persevere and you can come out on top,” Fischer said. “It’s just how hard you are willing to work.”

And he led by example both on and off the field.

“Life’s been freaking awesome for me,” Fischer said.

His upbeat attitude and salt-of-the-earth nature drew people to him. And he was happy to share his story with anyone who wanted to listen.

(Article by Deana Meredith)

This is a partial article. Read the full story in The Central Virginian’s Feb. 21, 2019 issue.

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