Bethel Coach Aird Injured in Two-Car Wreck
In-Laws Fatally Injured
TRENTON (April 7) — Bethel Women’s Soccer Coach Misty Aird is remains hospitalized at The Med hospital in Memphis following a 1 p.m. two-car accident that also injured her daughter, Gracie and killed her in-laws, Thomas and Mary Louise Aird, and the driver of the other car, Anthony McMinn.
According to a report filed by Trooper Brian Pulley, the accident occurred inside the Trenton city limits on U.S. 45 around 12:58 p.m. Saturday.
A 2001 Honda Accord, driven by Anthony D. McMinn, 21, of Dyer was traveling south when he crossed the center line and struck head-on a 2017 Nissan Altima driven by Misty Aird,
Photo courtesy of Trenton Gazette.
43, of McKenzie. Ten-year old daughter, Gracie Aird was in the front passenger seat and Thomas Aird, 62, and Mary Louise Aird, 60, were rear-seat passengers. Thomas and Mary Louise are residents of Cuba City, Wisconsin.
Misty sustained a broken foot and fractured ankle and multiple internal injuries. Gracie was transported to Jackson- Madison County Hospital, where she was treated and released.
The ladies’ soccer team held a prayer vigil Sunday at 6:00 p.m. at the university’s soccer filed in honor of their coach and for the family. The group gathered in a large circle, held hands, and prayed for the Aird family. The group consisted of the Bethel family of students, coaches, administrators, and faculty. After praying in the large group, the gathering was asked to form smaller groups to pray.
Coach Misty Aird is in her 18th season at Bethel with 188 wins which ranks her 11th in wins among active coaches in the NAIA. She has a 188-126-18 career mark. Before joining the TranSouth Conference, she led the Lady Wildcats to six consecutive KIAC Championships. Her team was Region XII Champions in 2003, 2004 and 2005. Bethel qualified for the NAIA National Tournament for three consecutive years; in 2003, 2004, and 2005 with an “Elite Eight” finish in 2004.
Coach Aird resides in McKenzie with her husband, Matt, and three children, Maggie, Gracie, and Zachery.