Jim Harbaugh took to Twitter to pay tribute to Aaron Feis, the high school football coach killed in yesterday's shooting.
Aaron Feis was the offensive line coach at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Yesterday, during the shooting, he reportedly shielded students from the attacker, who killed a total of 17 people.
One female student says that Feis stood directly in front of her and pushed her out of the way of the shooter's path. He was shot in the process, and died after being taken to the hospital.
Feis was also a security guard at the school, working in his eighth years at Marjory Stoneman Douglas. He graduated from the high school in 1999, and returned as an assistant coach in 2002.
MS Douglas Football confirmed his tragic passing on Twitter early this morning.
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is one of the country's foremost advocates of football and football coaches. This morning, he had some powerful words for Feis.
Feis certainly deserves all of the plaudits that he has gotten over the last few days. He is an absolute hero for protecting his students in the wake of such an awful tragedy.
Willie May, the school's head football coach, spoke to the Orlando Sentinel about Feis:
“Big ol’ teddy bear,” May said of Feis. “Hardcore – he coached hard. Real good line. He did a great job with the [offensive] line. He took pride with working with those guys. Loyalty – I trusted him. He had my back. He worked hard. Just a good man. Loved his family. Loved his brother – just an excellent family man.”
One of his sophomore linemen also spoke about his coach with the Sentinel:
“He was a great guy,” said sophomore Douglas lineman Gage Gaynor. “Everyone loved him. Shame he had to go like this. Always gave his all to making us better. Definitely learned a lot from him.”
According to his school bio, Feis leaves behind a wife and daughter. Our thoughts go out to his family, and the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and Parkland communities