Mize resigns as Weaver’s football coach | Secondary school

Chelsea Mize was Calhoun County and State Soccer Coach of the Year, but she’ll be more focused on another title next spring… Mom.

Mize announced on Facebook on Friday that she is stepping down after managing both of Weaver’s football programs. She will continue to practice volleyball in the fall.

She wants to spend more time with 10-month-old daughter Tatum.

“I’ve cried many tears over this, but I know it’s the right thing for my family,” she wrote. “I still coach volleyball … but I can’t train year-round and do two programs anymore.”

Mize was The Star’s 2021 All-Calhoun County Boys’ Soccer Coach of the Year as the Bearcats advanced to the County Finals. Her fellow coaches also voted her Alabama 1A-5A Coach of the Year.

She helped coach Weaver to two playoff appearances each in boys’ and girls’ soccer.

Mize led the Weaver program through the death of Isaac Crook, a senior who collapsed on the track while practicing at school in December 2020. He was pronounced dead at the Regional Medical Center.

Mize also suffered a miscarriage in September 2020.

“I’ve always said I would put my family first, and for so long I’ve put Weaver and everyone there first,” she said. “I don’t want to look back and regret it.

“The loss of Cody put that into perspective for me a long time ago and I have to stand by my personal beliefs. Family is everything and you can’t get that time back.”

Weaver has not yet named her successor to oversee football programs, Weaver director Andy Keith said.

Sportswriter Joe Medley: 256-235-3576. On twitter: @jmedley_star.

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