Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school has been through a lot in the past 13 months. The school hockey team won the 2018 state title only two weeks after the infamous mass shooting that rocked the nation. Head football coach Willis May resigned from his position, according to Complex.
May’s reason for leaving Marjory Stoneman Douglas is for his personal health. The former head coach’s need for a change is also due to the high school replacing Chris Hixon, the school’s athletic director, and his assistant coach Aaron Feis.
Both staff members had offices close to May’s at Marjory Stoneman Douglas.
“I walk into my office every day, and Aaron Feis’ office is right next to me,” May said about the situation. “Chris Hixon’s office is right next to me, and I miss those guys with all my heart every day. It’s sad going to work every day because it hurts so bad to be without them. It’s been a year and it hasn’t gotten any better, so I need a change for me; I need it for my health.”
Feis and Hixon both lost their lives during the shooting on February 14, 2018. Their empty desks loomed heavy on him as he had to walk by them every day to work. For May, they are a constant reminder of one of the most tragic events in recent history.
“I want to go to work every day and be excited, and right now I go to work every day and it’s miserable,” May said. The former Marjory Stoneman Douglas will still be coaching football as he will pursue a new opportunity in Fort Myers, Florida.
May’s decision to leave the school is understandable. He spent the past year walking past the empty desks of two people that he was close with at work. May wants to have a fresh start as a football coach and will get the opportunity to do that in Fort Myers.