Maxfield leaving Brownwood for Bangs AD, head football coaching job

After two seasons in Brownwood, Lions football coach Kyle Maxfield announced he's headed to Class 3A Bangs ISD.

"It's a very intriguing and challenging opportunity for me -- and I'm looking forward to it," Maxfield told KTXS on Monday.

Maxfield's resignation is effective immediately. He will begin at Bangs ISD on Wednesday.

He said his decision to leave Brownwood shouldn't have come as a total surprise to school administrators. He's kept Brownwood Independent School District Superintedent Dr. Joe Young updated throughout the process.

"You're going to have people that like your way (of) coaching and some that don't, but if you're in it for the kids it seems like it always has a way of working out," he said.

Maxfield accepted the position after the Bangs Board of Trustees met Sunday night to consider offering him the vacant Bangs ISD Athletic Director and head football coaching position.

Under his leadership for the 2016 and 2017 football seasons, Brownwood posted a combined 12-9 record, a pair of postseason berths, and a bi-district championship in 2016. Prior to, Maxfield spent seven years in Shallowater, where he was 72-18 with the Mustangs with six playoff appearances and four district titles.

Maxfield said he isn't leaving Brownwood due to pressure from the school board for not winning enough games.

"When you want to be a champion and you have a passion for what you do, I mean that comes with putting a lot of pressure on you," he said. "But that in no way affected my decision to go to Bangs."

Bangs, desperately in need of some stability, is coming off an 0-10 season and just 2-27 in the last three years under former coach Jim Bird who resigned in December.

Bangs ISD Superintendent Tony Truelove said there's no animosity with Brownwood for hiring away their coach.

"I would never hold a coach back from going to what he feels like is a better situation or what she feels like is a better situation," Truelove said.

Truelove is excited for Maxfield could do for the program.

"But the kids have to execute it. Well-prepared kids that are confident, that are strong and so forth, can execute better," Truelove said.

Brownwood ISD Superintendent Dr. Joe Young released a statement to KTXS regarding Maxfield's departure.

"Coach Maxfield is a good man. He and I have become friends and we talk almost daily. I know he's been contemplating a change for a few weeks, so it's not a complete shock," Young said. "I have a lot of respect for Coach Maxfield."

Dr. Young added, "Coaching is a hard business. He's done everything I've ever asked and had my unwavering support. He had a contract for next and could could have been the coach here, if he wanted to. I wish him all the success int he world."

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