LOUISA COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Louisa County Public Schools is mourning the loss of a former teacher and coach who recently died from cancer.
Mark Fischer, who served as a beloved teacher and football coach for LCPS since 2003, died Sunday night after a years-long battle with multiple myeloma — an incurable blood and bone cancer that he was diagnosed with in 2012.
“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. 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.” — LCPS Superintendent Doug Straley
In 2017 — before he stepped down as the Lions’ head coach due to his ongoing battle with the disease — Louisa County High School named its football field after Fischer.
On Monday, 8News spoke with Will Patrick, Louisa County High School’s current football coach, about Fischer’s legacy and how he approached each day.
“I think everyone had a little piece of them that didn’t think this day,” said Patrick. “Like he would keep fighting and keep fighting.”
The upcoming football season has taken on more meaning for Patrick.
“This place is different now, it’s changed for the better. My goal is to keep it on top,” Patrick told 8News. “You walk onto this field, see the name on top of that scoreboard and the determination and motivation that he gave me before this and now after, love nothing more than to go get one for him. Finish what he started.”
Doug Straley, Louisa County Public Schools Division Superintendent, also spoke with 8News about Fischer’s character.
“Mark had the heart of a lion,” Straley told 8News. “Passion and love and drive, fight. Those are the words that describe him in everything he took on.”
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