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Willis Resigns As JM Football Coach

MOUNDSVILLE — Coaching football can take hours away from precious family time.

John Marshall football coach Jason Willis has spent nearly 20 years of his life coaching, including the last three as the head coach of his alma mater.

Now, after a 5-4 regular season this year and a 15-15 record over the last three years, Willis resigned from his post as coach of the Monarchs to spend more time with his family.

“I have two daughters, a sophomore and one just started sixth grade, and they play volleyball and basketball,” Willis said. “I don’t want to miss their activities.

“I enjoyed the time at John Marshall. It’s been almost 20 years and I enjoyed the opportunity. I went to school there and being able to coach at your school is a great opportunity.”

Willis led the Monarchs to two postseason berths in his three years at the helm and unfortunately wasn’t able to play this year’s playoff game due to Marshall County’s standing on the COVID-19 color-coded map.

“We have a great group of kids,” Willis said. “They put in the work. It’s just a crazy year with COVID so we didn’t get to finish and I feel bad for those guys but I wish them the best and if they need anything, they can always knock on my door.

“That’s what I will miss the most is working with the kids and the coaches.”

Willis will continue to teach at John Marshall.

John Marshall athletic director Roger Simmons also enjoyed his time working alongside Willis.

“He’s a good coach and he brought a lot of pride to the program,” Simmons said “He’s a John Marshall guy and I hate to see him leave but he has a young and growing family and he wants to spend more time with them.

“He made the playoffs in two of the three years here and I enjoyed the time I spent with him in the last year and a half as the AD and working with him. I hope the best for him.”

The Monarchs will soon begin the process of finding a new coach to lead the football program.

“It’s going to be tough to try to replace someone like Jason,” Simmons said. “But the job has been posted and then goes through the bidding process and hopefully we’ll get a lot of good candidates.

“We’ll have interviews probably in December and hopefully we’ll name a new coach by the new year.

“Hopefully, we’ll get somebody who will continue to do what Jason started and will bring better and brighter things in the future.”

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