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MO: Beloved Willard assistant coach dies in hunting accident

November 11, 2018


A former standout athlete and beloved Willard assistant coach died Saturday in a hunting accident, the head football coach confirmed.

Justin Atchison, 24, was an assistant coach for the high school's baseball and football teams.

Head coach Brock Roweton said he got word Saturday that Atchison had died in a hunting accident on the first day of the firearms season.

"From coaches, to parents, to players, everybody is completely heartbroken," Roweton said through tears on Sunday morning.

Roweton said Atchison was the quarterback and a standout pitcher at Willard before playing two years of collegiate baseball at Evangel University. After a shoulder injury, Atchison turned his focus to coaching.

Roweton said Atchison was a natural.

"If you were ever around him and the kids, he constantly just had a group around him," Roweton said. "He was like a big brother to many of the kids."

Roweton said Atchison was a hardworking young man who was passionate about sports.

On Sunday, Roweton recalled a recent time that Atchison accompanied Roweton's son on a hunting trip, just hoping to be there if the boy took a deer.

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