Officials say a southwest Missouri high school coach has died in a hunting accident.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that 24-year-old Justin Atchison was killed Saturday on the first day of the deer firearm season. Willard Fire Protection District battalion chief Kevin Samsel says the Greene County Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation.

Willard High School’s head football coach, Brock Roweton, says coaches, parents and players are “completely heartbroken” by the death of the assistant football and baseball coach.

Roweton says 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 to coaching.

Head baseball coach Scott McGee says Atchison was studying to become a science teacher and also spent time working on a farm.


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