Citing Mass Shooting as a Reason, Stoneman Douglas Head Football Coach Willis May Resigns

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To say that the last year has been tough on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (Parkland, Florida) students and staff would be an understatement. On Wednesday, head football coach Willis May resigned saying the mass shooting was the main reason for his resignation as the school’s head football coach.

May, who served as the school’s head coach for six years, told the Sun-Sentinel, “It’s been hard to come to work with everything that’s went on. I miss Aaron Feis every day, and I miss Chris Hixon every day. It’s been really hard, and I just needed a change. I needed a change for my soul.”

Feis, who was an assistant on May’s staff, was killed while selflessly shielding students during the gunfire that left 17 people dead. Hixon, who was also killed on that tragic day, was the school’s head wrestling coach and athletic director.

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Last year, Stoneman Douglas went 5-5, missing the playoffs. May’s record at the school was 33-26 with the Eagles.

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