Chino Valley High School sports lost a mentor and friend this past weekend - long-time track and field throwing coach and football coach, Richard Feichter, who died on Saturday.
Feichter was a football coach when his own sons, Allan and Jess, were in high
CVHS Athletic Director Peter Jelovic knew and worked with Feichter since 2011, and appreciated his dedication.
"Coach Feichter did a great job working with the athletes and the kids enjoyed being around him," Jelovic stated. "He will leave a huge void in our athletic program, and will leave a positive legacy at Chino Valley High School."
CVHS Track & Field head coach Marc Metz met Feichter in 2005, when son Allan came out for Track. Metz asked Feichter to be the throwing coach in 2010, and this was his fifth season helping out.
As a throwing coach, Feichter was in charge of the shot put and discus throws. Feichter was a well-liked coach who had enjoyed what he did, Coach Metz stated.
"He had all levels of throwers, but was happy with every one of his throwers, no matter how well they did," Metz stated. "It didn't matter if they finished in first place or last place, Richard would always have something positive to say about how they performed."
This season, one athlete was having difficulty paying the team's pay-to-play activity fee. And because Feichter wanted the boy to throw, he paid it, Metz stated.
"He didn't want the money to be the reason he couldn't compete in track," Metz stated.
That's how Feichter was about getting things done at Track meets, too.
"If there needed to be help at a track meet, he would help out in any way he could," Metz stated. "His positive attitude and his enthusiasm for the athletes will be missed."
Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014
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RIP Coach Feichter! You will be sorely missed in the track & field community, by athletes and coaches alike. I could always count on you to bring a smile and positive thoughts to every meet, and my athletes and I are blessed to have known you. Prayers to your family, friends, and athletes.