"At some point in his illustrious career he may have rubbed some people the wrong way," Mackey said. "But I have admired and respected Tinsley not because of his ability to coach young people on the football field but his ability to help kids become better, more productive member of society."
Tinsley is currently the golf coach at West Virginia University Institute of Technology and isn't looking to be hired. He said he wants only to volunteer his time.
Tinsley served as the offensive coordinator at Nitro during its Class AAA state championship season of 1998 and then took over as head coach of the Wildcats in 2002 and left the school following the 2007 season to become the football coach at Tech.
During his time at Nitro, Tinsley coached two players who won the Kennedy Award, which is given annually to West Virginia's top high school football player. J.R. House won the award in 1996 and 1998. Josh Culbertson won the award in 2005.
"I don't even want paid," he said. "I have a job, but I like football, I want to do football. I just want to help these kids."
Most school board members have refused to comment on the matter publicly, but board member Becky Jordon, who has children at GW, said her husband signed the petition in favor of Tinsley.
Jordon's husband is Andrew Jordon, owner of Pritchard Mining. The Patriots' field house is named after Jordon's mother.
"I did not sign the petition, I know nothing about football, but I can tell you that Andrew Jordon believes firmly that he would be a benefit to these young men," she said, throwing her support behind the coach as well.
Contact writer Shay Maunz at shay.ma...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4886.