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Longtime Bloomington, Calhoun coach McCarthy passes away

By by stephen herzog - sherzog@vicad.com
April 7, 2010 at 10:03 p.m.
Updated April 6, 2010 at 11:07 p.m.

Marc McCarthy, a coach and teacher for more than 25 years at Bloomington and Calhoun, died Tuesday night. A memorial is being planned in the next few days but has not been officially determined.

Marc McCarthy, 53, an eighth grade football coach for the Calhoun school district and a long-time coach and teacher at Bloomington High School, unexpectedly passed away in his sleep Tuesday night.

McCarthy taught and coached at Bloomington for 24 years before taking a position at Calhoun in 2007.

He was the head football coach at Bloomington from 1992-99, and during his tenure took the team to the state playoffs for the first time

A close friend of the family and former student of McCarthy's, Michael Rosser, said friends and family were shocked by the sudden passing of McCarthy.

"He was one of the healthiest people I knew," Rosser said. "The athletes in high school all wished they could be as strong as him."

Always a symbol of physical strength, the mark left by McCarthy had much more to do with the strength he displayed in his relationships, Rosser said.

"He was always there for his players. If one of the athletes was discouraged, he would pick them up."

And it wasn't just on the field where his presence was felt.

"He was just as good a history teach," Rosser said. "He could get the material across in a way that really interested me - that's not something I can say about many of my teachers."

Rosser said McCarthy was equally generous in his private life.

He could often be found hanging out with his sons Dakota and Montana and was always willing to lend a hand, Rosser said.

"He was just a great person," he said. "He would always help you if you needed it."

A memorial is being planned for sometime in the next few days, though nothing has been officially determined yet.

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