St. James football coach Mark Fischer has resigned his position at the school.
Fischer, who was the second coach in Sharks history, was hired prior to the 2011 season and was 8-22 in three years. St. James, which has never had a winning season in its 10-year history, also missed out on the playoffs during Fischers span at the school.
The coach said Tuesday that he has accepted a similar position at an out-of-area school.
I didnt do a good enough job here. I didnt do what they expected of me, Fischer said. I tried as hard as I possibly could. Hopefully the next guy can get it done.
At this time, Fischer said would not divulge where his new job was located. He did add that his new job is the only position he applied for during his time at St. James.
Its an opportunity for my family, he said. I explained that to my kids. Taking care of my son and my daughter and my wife is what I have to do.
He will remain at St. James through the end of the school year, and Athletics Director Paula Lee said Fischer will continue to work with the existing staff during offseason conditioning.
She also said the school will post the position soon with the hopes of having Fischers replacement hired by May and the start of spring football practice.
I like the direction our football program is going, Lee said. There was no way it was going to be built over a few years. I know what it takes to build a program. Id like to see somebody come in here with the same passion and the love for football as Mark Fischer has within himself.
Fischers all-time coaching record stands at 69-49, including his time at Louisa County High in Mineral, Va. He led that team to the 2006 Virginia state title game.
His success there made him a popular choice for St. James when he was hired to take over the Sharks. Immediately upon moving to Murrells Inlet, he instituted some of his same principles, both on and off the field.
Fischer worked toward creating a carnival-like atmosphere at home games. His personality also led to mass support from the St. James community after he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2012. He spent much of 2013 in North Carolina receiving stem cell transplants, and his treatment was deemed successful later in the year.
Despite his illness, he never missed a game in his three seasons.
Ive met some of the nicest, sweetest people, people who I hope are lifelong friends, Fischer said. These are people who cared for me when I was sick. Things didnt go as scripted. But I think there was a reason for it.
Im a better coach for coming down here. Ive learned a lot. Guys like [Myrtle Beach coach Mickey Wilson], Mickey has been a great asset. Hes helped me a lot. Its tough. Just the Burgess Community and faculty, how can you put that into words? Im a changed person for it.
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