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Amarillo High School head football coach Mel Maxfield resigns


After 8 seasons leading the Sandies, Amarillo High School head football coach Mel Maxfield  announced his resignation on Wednesday. Maxfield's resignation will be effective on June 30, but he will remain at Amarillo High as the Athletic Coordinator until a replacement is named.

“It was kind of a consensus that we needed a fresh voice in the program. We had dropped in numbers over the past couple of years and we decided that a new face would probably be the best thing.

“I’m proud of my body of work. There’s nothing to be ashamed of.

“If I don’t find something else, I’ll retire.

“The good Lord is going to take care of me. It’s been a huge honor to say I coached at Amarillo High and I’ve always appreciated the effort of the kids and coaches there," Maxfield said.

Maxfield's Sandies went 65-30 over the past 8 seasons, with 35-7 district record. Amarillo High won three outright district titles and advanced to the postseason every year under Maxfield.

In over 30 years of coaching high school football, Maxfield has compiled a 239-114-1 record.

"I have the highest respect for Coach Maxfield. 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," Brad Thiessen, the Amarillo Independent School District athletic director, said in a statement.

The head coaching position at Amarillo High figures to be one of the more high profile job openings in high school football across the state.

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