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Longtime Marshfield track coach retires after winning state crown

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COOS BAY, Ore. -- The Marshfield boys clinched the 4A state track and field title over the weekend by winning the 4x400 meter relay.

The win by the Pirates marks the final year for Mac McIntosh as head coach as he heads into retirement.

The Marshfield track coach is a stage four pancreatic cancer survivor.

When he was first diagnosed, McIntosh was given 12 to 18 months to live. He's now at 21 months.

Coach Mac says he's just not able to do as much as he'd like as head coach, which led to his decision to retire.

At this point in his life, he says family is a priority.

He's been Marshfield's head track coach since 2009.

He shared some of his biggest accomplishments with us.

"Knowing that young people have been through our program have experienced our culture and have walked away from that with positive life lessons that they're able to apply not only to competitions on the next level, but as members of the armed forces, or as college students or teachers coming back wanting to coach in our program as well. That to me is the biggest and most important thing I've done."

McIntosh says he's not leaving the program entirely.

He intends to work with the new head coach in whatever capacity he's needed.

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