Former Louisa coach Fischer passes away

MINERAL, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Mark Fischer's fight with cancer has come to an end.

The former Louisa County High School football coach passed away Sunday night, superintendent Doug Straley confirmed on Monday morning. Fischer had been battling multiple myeloma since 2012, and stepped down as head coach of the Lions following the 2017 season.

Fischer won 96 games in two stints as head coach at Louisa, first from 2003 to 2010, and then returning in 2014 after three seasons at a high school in South Carolina. Three of his teams went unbeaten during the regular season -- in 2006, 2010 and 2017. The Lions eventually advanced to the state title game in 2006 and again in 2017, losing 43-22 to Salem in Fischer's final game as head coach.

In the midst of that unbeaten regular season in 2017, Louisa County High School named its home field "Mark L. Fischer Field" in honor of the coach.

Fischer was coaching in South Carolina when he was diagnosed with cancer in 2012. Chemotherapy and kidney dialysis treatments often pulled him away from his teams in-season, prompting Fischer to announce before the 2017 season that it would be his last as head coach of the Lions.

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