MULLINS, SC (WMBF) - Longtime Mullins High School boys basketball coach Mark Gerald died after a battle with cancer, according to Mullins school officials. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2007.
Gerald coached for 25 years in the Pee Dee, up through last season. He took the Auctioneers to the SCHSL 2A State Championship game in 1997, 2009 and 2011. The Aucs won the state championship in 1997.
Mullins High School Principal Michael Stone released the following statement on Wednesday about Coach Gerald:
"It saddens me beyond belief that I announce the passing of Coach Mark Gerald. Coach Gerald got to touch the hands and face of his heavenly father today. He was a man of true honor, dignity, and a man who always made the best out of any situation. No matter what obstacles he faced, he continued to do for others. Coach Gerald cared for others and lived his life to the fullest still by putting other people first and himself second. He did not want to burden anyone else with his troubles and continued to always keep a smile upon his face while dealing with his daily obstacles. Coach Mark Gerald touched the lives of so many students as a teacher, coach, and an administrator at Mullins High School. He has left a lasting, positive impression on so many and he will not ever be forgotten. He will truly be missed by many; especially the Mullins High School family and those students and players who he loved so dearly. Arrangements will be announced at a later time. Please continue to keep the Mark Gerald family in your continued thoughts and prayers. We will miss you Coach! We will also keep running for you too!"