Long-time coach Musick remembered for “wanting the best for everyone”
Roy Fuoco with The Ledger write:
LAKELAND — Former Lakeland Christian cross country and track runner Rebecca “Spookie” Eaves looked back fondly as she recalled going on 10-mile runs with her coach, Mike Musick Sr.
“The fact that he would sacrifice that time to do that with me, it was just really sweet,” said Eaves, who graduated LCS in 2012.
That was nothing out of the ordinary for Musick. For more than 40 years, whether as a teacher in the classroom or the long-time track and cross country coach, Musick was all about the kids.
Musick, who was inducted in to the Polk County Sports Hall of Fame last year, died on Wednesday after cancer that he previously had surgery for returned in November. He was 74.
“He was just a very humble and special guy,” said Mark Kirby, the long-time athletic director who stepped down last summer and is now the assistant AD. “I learned a lot from just watching and observing and seeing his unconditional love that he had for his students and athletes. He was a great coach. He’s a great teacher. He just loved teaching.”