CHESAPEAKE (WAVY) – His title is Elisha Harris, however everybody in Hampton Roads is aware of him as “Cadillac.”

Harris, a head coach at Kempsville Excessive College, Inexperienced Run, Maury and Indian River, is hanging up his teaching whistle after 42 years.

“It actually looks like a flash,” stated Harris. “I suppose it’s a second you actually don’t put together for, however on the similar time, it’s a second you search for.”

Harris guided and mentored hundreds of highschool gamers, however his affect went far past the sector. “For 42 years, I believed that coaches are able to serve,” he stated.

Cadillac helped a lot of gamers attain the NFL, together with Plaxico Burress, who made the game-winning catch for the New York Giants in opposition to the once-unbeaten New England Patriots in Tremendous Bowl XLII. “That second was simply so valuable,” stated Harris, who watched the play from the stands in Arizona.

His accomplishments embrace district and area championships, however his legacy will imply rather more. “Each child’s going to assume they’re going to the NFL, however that’s not going to occur,” stated Harris.

“So, I’m…simply as pleased with the children who didn’t make it. They’re medical doctors, legal professionals, and academics and professionals their very own proper.”