Volleyball: Mayfield named Alvord head coach – Longtime Decatur volleyball assistant departs

By Reece Waddell | Published Saturday, June 30, 2018
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Moving On

MOVING ON – Decatur assistant coach Brandy Mayfield (far right) coaches during a game in 2014. Mayfield was recently hired as the head coach at Alvord. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Longtime Decatur volleyball assistant Brandy Mayfield is moving to Alvord to become the program’s head coach.

Mayfield accepted the job this week and takes over for Catherine Kelly, who resigned to take a counseling position at Decatur.

“I feel blessed and honored to get somebody of [Mayfield’s] caliber to lead our program,” said Alvord athletic director Pete Hart. “We’re excited to get a coach that has been with a state championship program.”

Mayfield was on staff for the Lady Eagles’ 3A title in 2013 and 4A championship in 2014. Her daughter, Makayla, was the 9-3A, 3A and Wise County MVP as a junior and went on to play at Texas Woman’s University.

Mayfield served as the Lady Eagles’ interim coach in the 4A Region I semifinal and final in 2015 for then Decatur coach Claire Gay, who was on maternity leave.

“It’s been a fun ride,” Mayfield said. “This was one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make.”

In her nine seasons with the program, Decatur went 183-78. Decatur coach Clark Oberle, who just finished his first season with the Lady Eagles, said he is confident Mayfield will have success at Alvord.

“She’s so good with the kids and so knowledgeable of the sport,” Oberle said. “She’s been a constant and I know we’re sure going to miss her. She did things right, and you could always count on her to do anything that needed to be done.”

Along with helping coach volleyball at Decatur, Mayfield was a recognized special education teacher. She was Decatur’s recipient of the 2018 Jack Harvey Fellowship of Exemplary Teachers.

The Alvord program she inherits has made the playoffs each of the past two seasons and will have a large senior class in 2018.

Kinly Walker was the 9-2A Defensive Player of the Year last season. She notched 372 digs and 120 kills.

Christina Thomas earned first-team honors and Audra Beasley and Kendall Connolly were second-team selections. Thomas racked up 115 kills. All four will be seniors.

The Lady Bulldogs went 16-17 last year.

“I’m really excited,” Mayfield said. “I love Decatur and I love that program, but I just felt like it was time. Everything I hear about Alvord girls is that they’re hard workers and dedicated. I’m ready to get in there with them and see what we can do.”

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