Fischer resigns after three tough seasons with Sharks

sjfoot-fischer2St. James High football coach Mark Fischer coined the battle cry “Run Through It!” to inspire his team. After three losing seasons, his tenure has reached the other side.

Fischer officially announced his resignation after a roller-coaster three seasons with the Sharks, who still have not experienced a winning season in the decade since the school opened.

Fischer brought a fiery personality and determined spirit with him from his previous successful stint at Louisa County (VA) High, where he will return as head coach. He managed to attract more players to his roster and fans in the stands.

But his diagnosis of cancer just before the 2012 season stunned the team and served as a major setback to the building project. He told his players he planned to “Run Through It” – a motto they adopted for their coach and their performance.

Fischer was given a clean bill of health but the team continued to struggle. After an 8-22 record through the three seasons, Fischer opted to resign his post but will remain at St. James through the rest of the school year. Fischer will return to the head coaching position at Louisa.

St. James athletics director Paula Lee said the school will begin a search for Fischer’s replacement and thanked the coach for his efforts in turning around the program.

St. James is the second Grand Strand school currently without a permanent head coach. Carolina Forest coach Drew Hummel stepped down after the 2013 season but the Panthers have yet to hire a replacement.

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