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Head coach using football as therapy to cope with father's death

While the start of the 2020 football season is a milestone for some, it carries a different meaning for this head coach.

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While the start of the 2020 football season for is a milestone for some, it carries a different meaning for Billy Martin, the new head coach for Moore High School in Jefferson County, Kentucky.

"I got depressed, took a while to get back off the ground, but I'm back off the ground now," Martin said.

Martin's first season with the Mustangs is also the latest chapter in his life. Martin, a long-time football coach, is back after a four-year self-imposed hiatus after the suicide death of his father, whom he called his best friend.

"It was a tough time for me; ate too much, didn't take care of myself. (I) developed diabetes. It was rough. I was actually there when it happened, lived through that (and) didn't reach out for the help like I should've," Martin said.

But one of Martin's happy places is football, and he's got 35 Mustangs getting ready to open the pandemic-delayed 2020 season.

He said the entire process is therapy for him.

It's also a priceless opportunity for his players to learn from a very successful coach.

Now in his 50s, Martin said he loves teaching and the changed lives football helps produce.

Check out the video above to hear more from the head coach.