Coaxum tribute to Mario Hill

Mario Hill reminded Tony Coaxum of himself.

Coaxum, a former Army cornerback, coached Hill at the same position in his senior season in 2009.

Hill always had a smile on his face throughthe good and tough times on and off the football field at West Point.

A message in May really hit home with Coaxum. Hill had died in a car accident in Lexington, Ky.

“I was heart broken,” Coaxum said. “I was extremely close to Mario. I saw so much me in him when I was a cadet.”

Army seniors dedicated the 2012 season to Hill and Chase Prasnicki, who killed by a roadside bomb while serving in Afghanistan  in June.

Coaxum has his own special tribute to Hill.

“The hat I wear every game I have his initials on it,” Coaxum said. “I will do that for rest of my coaching career. He meant a lot to me.”

Coaxum won two Army-Navy games as a freshman (1996) and junior (1998) in his career. Coaxum’s interception sealed the 1998 win.

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