Amarillo High Football Head Coach Resigns


After eight seasons in charge of Amarillo High football, head coach Mel Maxfield submitted his resignation Wednesday to the Amarillo Independent School District.

Maxfield will stay with the school for the remainder of his contract which expires June 30, 2018.

Maxfield informed his team of the decision Wednesday morning.

“Kids are resilient. They have to be. I’ve always said the program is bigger than one person,” Maxfield said via a phone interview with KAMR Local 4. “I’ve been treated good. I have no complaints.”

In his eight seasons with AHS, Maxfield compiled an overall record of 65-30, making the postseason every year and winning three outright district titles. However, despite the sustained success, results against rival schools and in the postseason waned in his final two seasons. His teams never made it past the third round of the postseason and in the last two seasons lost in the first round in the Class 5A Division I playoffs.

The Sandies dominated their rival Tascosa, winning their first six meetings but lost the last two. It marked the first time Amarillo High had lost in back-to-back seasons to the Rebels since the mid-1970s. And after going 14-0 against his fellow AISD schools in Maxfield’s first six seasons, The Sandies went 3-3 against the likes of Caprock, Palo Duro and Tascosa in the final two.

“I have the highest respect for Coach Maxfield,” AISD Athletic Director Brad Thiessen said in a press release. “He is a man of high character and integrity. We greatly appreciate the service he has given to AISD and Amarillo High the past eight years and wish the very best for him and his family.”

Maxfield will remain in his position at Amarillo High as Athletic Coordinator until a replacement is found.

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