High-Profile Coaching Position Opens Following Mel Maxfield Resignation from Amarillo High

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AMARILLO, Texas — Wednesday morning news broke of Amarillo High School’s head football coach, Mel Maxfield, resigning from his position after eight seasons with the Sandies.

Maxfield’s resignation will take full effect starting June 30, 2018.

The resignation of Maxfield comes just one day after Amarillo’s volleyball coach of 31 years, Jan Baker, resigned. Baker led the Lady Sandies to 10 state championships. With Maxfield’s resignation, two high profile coaching positions are now open at Amarillo High School.

Maxfield resigned from Amarillo High School on Tuesday but told his athletes the news on Wednesday morning.

As the winningest coach in the Panhandle area of Texas with an overall record of 239-114-1 between three schools in his 30 years of coaching, Maxfield leaves Amarillo High School posting a 65-29 record for the Sandies.

Hired in 2010, Maxfield has taken the Sandies to the post season in all eight of his seasons at Amarillo High School. In back-to-back 2012 and 2013 seasons, Maxfield took the team to the third round of the Texas high school football playoffs.

“It was kind of a consensus that we needed a fresh voice in the program,” Maxfield said in a statement on Wednesday. “We decided that a new face would probably be the best thing.”

With the absences of Max Marusak, Jasean Barrow and Jaelin Ford from the Sandies’ roster this season, Maxfield may not have had the season he was hoping for, finishing with a 6-5 record. The team still made it to the postseason but ended its season with a 54-31 loss to Lubbock Monterey in the 3-5A bi-district round.

This game marked Maxfield’s final game with Amarillo High School.

As of now, there aren’t any major plans in Maxfield’s career-path, but with a coaching resume like he has, there shouldn’t be any problem in peaking other programs’ interest. There’s even been a little bit of twitter speculation (Maxfield fan hopeful) that maybe, just maybe there’s interest from the Tennessee football program.

Regardless of what happens with Coach Maxfield, he’s had an extremely successful coaching career and received many well-wishes for him and his future endeavors from a loyal Amarillo fan base.

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