A local high school is mourning a coach tragically killed over the weekend in Harrison County.
Christy Mencer is being remembered as a wife, mom, and at Harrison Central Junior High and High School, as a devoted coach.
She was remembered by the girls she coached and the staff at Harrison Central on Monday.
“She was always upbeat and positive. Always had a smile on her face. And I think more than anything else, she taught our kids how to really work hard as athletes and to be respectful on the fields and how to act with integrity,” said Harrison Central High School Principal, Brent Ripley.
Mencer was just about to start her 6th season as coach of the junior high girls basketball. They had just had their photos taken a few days ago. Counselors who work at the school says it’s been hard on the girls, but they are working on ways to remember her though making banners in her honor and dedicating their upcoming games to her as well.
“There were a lot of tears and a lot of hugging and crying in the room. It seemed that once they were together working on something positive, the mood kind of changed to where there was some more laughter and you could tell they were starting to remember some of the good things they remembered about the coach,” said social worker, Tiffany Stock.
Mencer was also a girls soccer coach with the high school for three years. Her daughters, Ashley and Taylor‘s lockers were decorated by classmates today.
“So many of the girls had Christy as a coach, so she impacted a lot of lived. Both students and some parents as well,” said Principal Ripley.
Calling hours for Christy will be tomorrow and her funeral will be Wednesday.