Fischer leaving Louisa football program

Five months after he led the Louisa County football team through a perfect regular season, Lions coach Mark Fischer has resigned from his post to pursue a job outside of the Commonwealth. His players were informed today.

“He has resigned and plans to work out of state,” said Louisa athletic directory Lee Downey.

Myrtle Beach’s SunNews.com reported that Fischer’s hiring at St. James High School was approved by the school board at a Monday night meeting. Fischer takes over a program that went 2-9 last season.

Last season the Lions went 10-0 en route to the JD championship and also advanced through the first round of the Region II Division 4 playoffs before falling to Broad Run in the semifinals to finish 11-1. It was Louisa’s second straight season in which they earned a Region II bid.

Fischer’s most successful season was in 2006 when the Lions advanced all the way to the Group AA Division 4 championship game and compiled a 13-1 record. Dating back to 2004, Louisa County is 58-21 counting both the regular season and playoffs.

Downey acknowledged that more details will be released on Wednesday.

The departure means that three of next year’s six Jefferson District teams will be under new leadership. Monticello has replaced Brud Bicknell with longtime assistant and former Fluvanna County coach Rodney Redd. Charlottesville is still searching for Chris Fraser’s replacement.

See the SunTimes.com’s story by clicking here.