Shallowater's Kyle Maxfield takes over as Brownwood head football coach and athletic director

Following a seven-year stint at Class 3A Division I Shallowater that included six playoff appearances and four district championships, athletic director and head football coach Kyle Maxfield will assume the same duties at Brownwood.

At a noon press conference Friday at the Brownwood ISD Central Office, Maxfield was introduced as the successor to Chuck Howard, who resigned in March after three seasons as head football coach and athletic director in which he produced a 20-16 record with three trips to the postseason.

“When you think about the great programs in the state of Texas, Brownwood is one of the first towns that people mention,” Maxfield said in front of a crowd of nearly 100 at the press conference. “Our phones have blown up because everyone knows what Brownwood is about, not only in football but as a school district.

“I can't tell you how blessed I feel when you talk about the coaches that have been here. From Gordon Wood and what he stood for to Coach (Steve) Freeman, Coach (Bob) Shipley and Coach (Chuck) Howard, I know they all had success here and we look to build on that success.”

During his time at Shallowater, which began in 2009, Maxfield guided the Mustangs to a 72-18 record and missed the playoffs just once, which occurred during his first season despite a 7-3 overall record. Prior to Maxfield's arrival, Shallowater had not made the playoffs since 2006 and last won a district championship in 2004.

“I have to thank the people back in Shallowater, the players, the coaching staff and the administration,” Maxfield said. “I wouldn't be standing here if it wasn't for a lot of people that made this happen that allowed me to have this opportunity. It's very humbling to realize what we were able to accomplish the last seven years.”

Shallowater's best season under Maxfield occurred in 2014 — a 13-2 run to the Class 3A Division I state semifinals that ended with a 42-27 loss to Mineola at Gordon Wood Stadium. The Mustangs also reached the fourth round of the playoffs on two other occasions — during an 11-3 campaign in 2011 and the 2013 season in which they went 13-1. In 2015, the Mustangs finished with a 10-3 mark, falling in the third round to eventual state champion Brock.

Maxfield's squads at Shallowater posted a winning record every year and won at least 10 games in each of the last five seasons. The Mustangs are currently in the midst of a 22-game district winning streak, not having lost a league contest since Oct. 28, 2011. Shallowater has finished undefeated in the last four district campaigns and is 31-7 against league competition since 2009.

“We had an unbelievable pool of applicants, high-quality men that any one of them could have come in here and done a great job. It was almost like we had our pick of the litter throughout the state,” said Michael Cloy, president of the Brownwood ISD Board of Trustees. “We met with Coach Maxfield and his passion and enthusiasm, his palpable excitement for Brownwood made him head and shoulders above the other guys.”

Maxfield was voted district coach of the year the past four seasons — 2012-15 — and was selected the Lubbock Avalanche Journal's Coach of the Year in 2014 and the All-City and 3A South Plains Coach of the Year in 2011. In 2013, the Texas Tech Chapter of the National Football Foundation named him its Coach of the Year.

Maxfield also serves on the Texas High School Coaches Association Board of Directors along with the UIL Football Rules Committee.

“We were fortunate enough to have the help of some individuals at the Texas High School Coaches Association on this search,” Cloy said. “Coach Maxfield was the very first name mentioned from these individuals as being the right guy for Brownwood. I knew of Coach Maxfield, I didn't know him personally, but his record speaks for itself. Then the amount of respect and credibility he has from the Texas High School Coaches Association, as well as other coaches, made it really easy.”

Shallowater is currently ranked fifth in the state for the 2015-2016 UIL Lone Star Cup, which is awarded annually to the best overall athletic and academic program in each of the six UIL classifications, based on their boys and girls team performances in district and state championships. Under Maxfield’s leadership, Shallowater finished second in the Lone Star Cup competition in 2014-2015.

“We are extremely excited that our students and student-athletes will be led by such a remarkable leader,” said Brownwood ISD Superintendent Dr. Joe Young. “Coach Maxfield is a process-driven coach who is a builder of young men, young women and coaches. He is passionate about his desire to be in Brownwood. His on-the-field record as a football coach, along with his proven ability to lead all programs to a consistently high level of success, bodes well for the future of the Lions and Lady Lions.”

Maxfield's career as a head coach began 17 years ago with prior stops in Olton (1999-2000), Sudan (2001-04), Reagan County (2005) and Rosebud-Lott (2006-08). He posted a 51-50 mark during that span and his career record stands at 123-68.

A native of Sudan, Maxfield attended Texas A&M University where he was a walk-on in football and lettered all four seasons from 1991-94. Maxfield holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Texas A&M, a Master’s Degree from TAMU-Commerce, and Texas principal certification.

He and his wife of 22 years, Stephanie, have three daughters — Reagan, 15, Presley, 13, and Bella, 9.