Willis Might, the top soccer coach at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive College, is resigning greater than a yr after a taking pictures on the faculty left 17 folks useless.
The tragedy has by no means left Might, who misplaced assistant coach Aaron Feis and Chris Hixon, the athletic director and wrestling coach, within the taking pictures.
“I stroll into my workplace day-after-day, and Aaron Feis’ workplace is true subsequent to me, Chris Hixon’s workplace is true subsequent to me, and I miss these guys with all my coronary heart day-after-day,” Might mentioned Wednesday. “It is unhappy going to work day-after-day as a result of it hurts so unhealthy to be with out them. It has been a yr and it hasn’t gotten any higher, so I would like a change for me; I would like it for my well being.”
The Marjory Stoneman Douglas soccer workforce honored the 17 victims of the Feb. 14 mass taking pictures by portray the No. 17 on its emblem at midfield and went on to win its first regular-season residence recreation for the reason that tragedy.
After the deaths of 17 of their very own, the household, buddies and lecturers of Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive College tried to reply the query: “What now?”
The Valentine’s Day taking pictures at Marjory Stoneham Douglas Excessive College in Parkland, Florida, had a profound influence on the sports activities world.
Feis shielded college students and finally died when a former pupil armed with a rifle opened hearth within the assault on the Parkland, Florida, faculty.
Might and his different assistant coaches left Feis’ desk and workplace the precise means he left it earlier than his loss of life. Seeing the reminder of Feis, the cemetery constructed on campus with a 12-foot fence round it and day by day reminders of what passed off on that horrific day have weighed Might all the way down to the purpose the place he has determined he must stroll away.
“We have had quite a lot of buddies and quite a lot of help within the Parkland neighborhood, however I simply want a change,” Might mentioned. “I like soccer and I need it to be enjoyable. I wish to go to work day-after-day and be excited, and proper now I am going to work day-after-day and it is depressing.”
Explaining the choice to his workforce was no straightforward process and one which tore at his coronary heart, he mentioned. After driving residence to his gamers that they need to by no means stop, he was frightened the kids would assume he was quitting on them.
“They know,” Might mentioned. “They really feel sorry for me, they usually know the way a lot I miss Coach Feis and Coach Hixon, that I am in that workplace all day on my own. They perceive that they have been household for me, however I would like this for my coronary heart.”
Present Stoneman Douglas assistant Quentin Brief is predicted to take over as interim head coach and might be thought-about to take over completely as soon as Might is formally carried out along with his publish.
Might, 51, has a brand new highschool teaching alternative lined up in Fort Meyers, Florida, however as a result of the transfer has not been made official, he’s not allowed to debate specifics.
The brand new job will get him nearer to his mom and father, one thing he thinks he wants in his life.
“I got here out of the interview, and my dad requested me what I considered the varsity,” Might mentioned. “I mentioned it was very nice, and he requested if he would have the ability to come to apply day-after-day. They may have been the worst faculty on this planet and I used to be going to go, as a result of I can spend time with my dad.
“One factor, if we have discovered something within the final yr, you higher love those you bought as a result of you do not know how lengthy you are going to be right here.”