Carroll Removes Lady Dragon Varsity Coach
Jan 21, 2014 11:39AM
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By Christina Mlynski
Carroll Independent School District officials confirmed that Arthur Stanfield has been removed as head coach of the Lady Dragon volleyball team.
Stanfield guided the 2013 Dragons to a 48-2 record, leading to an appearance in the UIL statement tournament. Stanfield coached the varsity volleyball team for five years.
“Arthur Stanfield has had a phenomenal record during his time as coach of our varsity volleyball team,” explains Carroll ISD Assistant Superintendent for Board and Community Relations Julie Thannum. “He brought our program to a new level, but we made a decision to go a new direction for the upcoming season.”
It’s important to note that the coaching change will not affect Stanfield’s teaching contract with Carroll ISD.
Southlake Carroll district officials emphasized that the decision to remove Stanfield was not based on any one incident, complaint or because of any player’s playing time.
Athletic Director Kevin Ozee described this decision to take a new coaching direction as a result of “philosophical differences.” After a review of the program at the end of the season, Carroll ISD officials chose a coaching change that was in the “best interests of Carroll ISD and the student athletes in the volleyball program.”
Stanfield’s veteran coaching career led to a 272-40 record. He led Carroll to three straight outright district titles. Furthermore, the Lady Dragons haven’t lost a district match since 2010.
Carroll’s varsity team featured Texas-bound senior Cat McCoy this past season. She recently played on the Under Armour First-Team All-America team.
A new coach will be selected and hired by early April, according to Carroll ISD.
After the position is posted in the immediate future, the district will form an interview committee. The committee will feature Ozee, boys’ and girls’ athletic coordinators, a couple of varsity coaches from the athletic program, campus administrators and the Booster Club president, Thannum explains.