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Fischer steps down as Louisa football coach
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BY TAFT COGHILL JR.
Louisa High School football coach Mark Fischer resigned yesterday after six seasons that galvanized the community and made the Lions one of the state's most respected Group AA programs.
Louisa athletic director Lee Downey said Fischer has accepted a coaching job in another state, but declined to give specifics. Fischer didn't return several calls seeking comment.
Downey said Fischer's resignation will become official tomorrow at the county's School Board meeting.
"It's going to be a very tough road for the next coach," Downey said. "[Fischer] has built the program into what it is today. It's a huge loss for Louisa."
Fischer went 50-18 in his Louisa tenure. He guided the Lions to the Group AA, Division 4 state title game in 2006, where they lost 34-27 to Amherst.
Under Fischer, the Lions gained a following unlike most programs in the state. Thousands of fans flocked to every home game. Fireworks exploded after every touchdown. And the school had an actual lion as its mascot.
Louisa finished 11-1 and won the Jefferson District title in 2010. Its only loss came to Broad Run in the Region II, Division 4 semifinals.
"It's always a shock when it finally happens," Downey said of losing a successful coach. "You never want to lose a coach that's been as good as he's been to Louisa County High School and to this community."
Downey said the search for a replacement will begin immediately after tomorrow's School Board meeting. He said the school system needs to find a replacement "as soon as possible."
Downey said Fischer's success, the program's following and its facilities make the job more attractive than it was several years ago.
"We don't want to miss a beat," Downey said. "We've got the players to do it and the program to do it."
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