Coach posted 12-9 record in two seasons with Lions

After two seasons as head football coach and athletic director, Kyle Maxfield is leaving Class 4A Brownwood to take the same position at Class 3A Bangs.

The Bangs ISD Board of Trustees met Sunday night, with Maxfield present, and offered him the position. Maxfield confirmed the move during a Monday morning phone call after he met with Brownwood players and coaches.

“I think it fits what I'm looking for right now,” Maxfield said. “It's something I've prayed about very faithfully and sometimes the Lord moves in mysterious directions. Outsiders not knowing will probably be scratching their head, but people that know me and why I got into coaching can see why I'm attracted to Bangs.

“It has nothing to do with Brownwood, it's the opportunity at Bangs that's intriguing. I know it's going to be a big challenge, but it's a very intriguing opportunity for me.”

Bangs ISD Superintendent Tony Truelove issued the following statement, “Bangs ISD is happy to announce the hiring of athletic director and head football coach Kyle Maxfield. Coach Maxfield brings years of experience and a wealth of knowledge to Bangs and we are excited for the future of our athletic program. Kyle is a man of integrity and class and he and his staff will embody and uphold the core principles of Bangs ISD.”

Maxfield posted a 12-9 record in two seasons at Brownwood, with a pair of postseason berths and a bi-district championship in 2016. Prior to arriving in Brownwood, Maxfield spent seven years at Class 3A Division I Shallowater where he led the Mustangs to a 72-18 record with six playoff appearances and four district championships. His career record stands at 135-77 following his stint at Brownwood.

“We had some highs and some lows,” Maxfield said of his two years in Brownwood. “We were close to making a deep run this year and didn't get it done, but I still think we had some successes on and off the field. I was glad to be a part of it while it lasted and I wish everyone the best. I have the utmost respect for (Brownwood ISD Superintendent) Dr. (Joe) Young and (Brownwood High School Principal) Mitch Moore. They've been really good to me.”

Brownwood ISD Superintendent Dr. Joe Young said in an issued statement, “Coach Maxfield, since day one, has had my unwavering support here at Brownwood. I have witnessed first-hand the passion and determination he brought to the position. I hoped Coach Maxfield would be here for a long time, and I wish him nothing but the best in the future. Brownwood has a rich athletic tradition and we will immediately begin the search for our next athletic director and head football coach."

Bangs is coming off an 0-10 campaign and a 2-27 record the past three seasons under former head coach Jim Bird, who resigned in December. According to Maxfield, Bangs ISD Superintendent Tony Truelove continued to reach out to him, and the idea of rebuilding the Dragons program from the ground up was appealing.

“It starts with their superintendent, Mr. Truelove. He just kept calling until I finally picked up the phone. The more he talked the more excited I got,” Maxfield said. “They've have some great seasons in the past, but they've have a couple of down years recently. What attracted me to the job as much as anything was being able to start from the middle school up and getting it going again. Bangs has won before and the plan is to start winning again.”

Maxfield said his transition from Brownwood to Bangs will begin this week. He did not say if any current Brownwood assistants will be joining him in Bangs.

“There's some things that need to be tied up (in Brownwood), but time is of the essence,” Maxfield said. “It's something that was very attractive to me, how fast Bangs was willing to get someone in there and get to work.”