Community mourns the loss of beloved coach

Mark Fischer sits in the Louisa County High School stadium in 2014, looking out to the field that would later be dedicated in his name.

Mark Fischer sits in the Louisa County High School stadium in 2014, looking out to the field that would later be dedicated in his name.

Mark Fischer has passed away, according to Louisa County Public Schools Superintendent Doug Straley. Fischer served two stints as Louisa County High School’s head football coach.

Fischer had been diagnosed with multiple myeloma seven years ago, and continued to inspire his players, colleagues and community with his positive outlook and strength in adversity.

Fischer was head football coach at Louisa County High School for 12 seasons, first from 2003-2010, then from 2014 to 2017. In the interim, Fischer served as head coach for St. James High School in Murrell’s Inlet, South Carolina.

The beloved coach led the Lions to two state championship games in 2006 and 2017, where the Lions came away as runners-up. He accumulated 85 wins for the Lions, had three undefeated seasons, and was named Jefferson District coach of the year four times—in 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010.

“It’s impossible to express how heartbroken we are at the news of Coach Fischer’s passing. His legacy of toughness, determination, and grit will be a part of this community forever. He was truly an inspiration to so many,” Straley said. “Coach Fischer was a great football coach and great teacher, but most importantly, he was an even greater friend. I am so grateful for the great memories we made together. My thoughts go out to the entire Fischer family. I know that our community is going to rally around them and support them.”

Fischer is survived by his wife, Pam; his daughter, Mackenzie; and son, Troy.­

Arrangements have not been made at this time.