Lipscomb Academy is mourning the loss of a longtime football coach.
Glenn "Coach Mac" McCadams, who has coached football at Lipscomb Academy for 31 years, passed away Thursday morning following a short illness.
McCadams, 66, was being treated for stage fourmantle cell lymphoma, an aggressive form of cancer.
He had returned to Vanderbilt University Medical center following a recent surgery.
"Lipscomb Academy has lost an irreplaceable icon in its history and its soul," L. Randolph Lowry, President of Lipscomb University, remembered of the coach.
"Coach Mac's time with the academy spans three decades and several generations of students. He knew his game, and taught it well. But more than that, he knew that the most important thing he was teaching was character and faith," Lowry continued. "Day after day, year after year, he taught thousands of young people that they had it within themselves to be better than they thought they could be, on the field and in life."
Mike Roller, Atheletic Director at Lipscomb Academy, said that Coach Mac reminded his players of the benefits of hard work.
He had the walls of his weight room decorated with results of hard work, including the trophies of three state championships.
"He wanted his students, the athletes, the kids to work in the weight room and see the benefit of it and that is why he always wanted those trophies in the weight room," Roller explained.
The influence Coach Mac made in people's lives transcends football and even athletics.
Those who know him best say he will continue to have a positive influence in many people's lives.
"His legacy will continue for children that aren't even born. His legacy will extend down to them and we just don't know how far that is going to be. It has certainly been for 31 years here," said Mark Pugh, one of Coach Mac's close friends.
Beth Saggio, the mother of a Lipscomb student, went by the field Thursday at the request of her son, Michael.
"Coach Mac always told the guys when you are coming out, to touch the mustang, so Michael texted me this morning and said, ‘Touch it for me'," she told Nashville's News 2.
Saggio said McCadams was more than a coach to her son.
"He was more like a grandfather and loved him so much that he would hunt together and talk hunting," she recalled.
McCadams led the Mustangs to win three state championships. He was named the Tennessee High School Football Coach of the Year in 2008.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Alacia, their two children, Chip and Jill, and seven grandchildren.
Visitation for McCadams is set for Monday, March 25 from 3 until 8 p.m. and Tuesday, March 26 from 11 a.m. until noon at Brentwood Hills Church of Christ located at 5120 Franklin Road, Nashville.
The funeral will immediately follow the second visitation.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that gifts be made to the Lipscomb Academy Mustang football program, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or the American Red Cross in memory of McCadams.