Longtime MDI Football Coach Shields Steps Down
Longtime MDI High School football coach Mark Shields is stepping down after 15 years of running the Trojans program.
Shields was an assistant coach under George 'Toogie' McKay for seven years before taking the head coaching job in 2003.
MDI was Class C North champs in 2016 and regional runner-up this past season. His teams have been in the playoffs for 12 straight years. Shields is a three-time conference Coach of the Year.
“For me it was all about the relationships with the kids more than the wins and losses. It has been a true honor coaching for this amazing school and community. I have made some lifetime friendships with players, coaches, families and community members that I will cherish forever. The only advice I would give to fellow coaches is love your players more than you love the scoreboard. At the end of the day it is the only thing that truly matters.” - Mark Shields
Shields overall record is 74-68. Athletic director Bunky Dow says the search for a new coach begins in the next two weeks.
“As the Athletic Director at MDI I’m very sad to receive his letter of resignation but fully understand and support his reasons. Mark is a true professional and an Athletic Directors dream coach. Coach Shields was always looking to improve each season as a coach and was an excellent role model for the students in the MDI communities. He will be missed.” - Bunky Dow, MDI Athletic Director