Stone Bridge physical education teacher Mack Piercy died Dec. 18 from cancer.
Landon MacMillian Piercy Jr., 59, was born in Chesapeake and had worked at Stone Bridge High School since 2000 when the school opened.
Prior to that, he worked at Park View High School, serving as head coach of the wrestling team from 1980 to 1993 and was inducted into the high school’s coaching Athletic Hall of Fame this year.
As coach, he led the Park View wrestling team to six district championships and three regional championships, according to the presentation for his induction.
His teams finished second at the state level three times and he had nine individual state champion wrestlers, three of which were inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Stone Bridge Principal Jim Person, who attended the College of William & Mary with Piercy described him as “one of the classiest, most decent individuals anyone could ever meet.”
Piercy completed a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education there.
“Mack was not a judgmental person and come to think of it, I really don’t think he had a nasty bone in his body or ever said anything bad about anyone,” Person told Stone Bridge staff in an email. “At the same time he had a way to let you know he did not necessarily see eye to eye with you either. He simply was a good, decent individual and someone who made all of us better for having been around him.”
Randy May, head coach of boy’s varsity soccer and chair of Stone Bridge’s physical education department, said they lost one of the department’s pillars.
“He had a real way of carrying himself,” May said. “He’d get frustrated at technology, that was the only time I saw him frustrated.”
He called him a mentor, though they had both been in the education fields for roughly the same time.
Gregory Mitchell, who teaches technology education and coaches wrestling at Park View, said Piercy was highly respected as a coach and a great motivator.
“He was one of those guys who hated losing,” Mitchell said.
He said Piercy helped bring attention to wrestling as a sport in the 1980s when Loudoun County had a much smaller school district.
He often watched and helped with the Sterling Park Wrestling Club’s meetings in Park View’s gym after school and would recruit out of the club.
Piercy is survived by his wife of 42 years, Virginia “Ginger” Lilley Piercy; his two daughters, Alexandra and Kayla; his parents, Landon and Ruth Piercy; his sister, Pam and her husband Mike.
A service will be held at 1 p.m. Dec. 22 at Providence Baptist Church in McLean.
“I’ll always have fond memories of Coach Piercy down in the PVHS weight room working with kids, showing them the proper technique - being a leader, example and mentor for them,” Kevin Cummings wrote in the guest book that was part of Piercy’s obituary. “While that was many years back, it obviously didn’t change over the years based on the memory postings I’ve read. Mac’s leadership and guidance will live on in many former students, no doubt. May he rest in peace knowing the influence and impact he had on so many.”
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