Ryan Jones will go down in history as the best football coach in Maxwell's history.
That was the sentiment by people all throughout the Maxwell school district as they found out that this would be the last season for Jones as head coach.
The school released a statement concerning the decision:
Maxwell Public Schools would like to announce that Head Football Coach Ryan Jones will be stepping down as its head coach. His last game will be this Thursday at Mullen. The North Platte High grad’s first 8-man game he ever watched, was the Junior High game he coached, in 2003.
Coach Jones has been on the Maxwell sidelines for 18 years. His first 4 were as head junior high and assistant varsity coach. He was hired as head football coach in 2007. In this time he compiled a 71-58 career record. The Wildcats qualified for the play-offs 8 times in his tenure.
His play-off record was 10-8 including a 6-2 record in the first round of the playoffs. Under Jones’ leadership Maxwell made it all the way to the semifinals in both 2008 and 2014. Maxwell was district champions four times in Jones’ 14 years as head coach. Coach Jones was Huskerland Prep Coach of the year in both 2008 and 2014.
Coach Jones will still maintain his role as Head Wrestling, Head Baseball, and Activities Director at Maxwell.
When asked about this decision, superintendent Danny McMurtry stated that “Coach Jones will step down as the most successful football coach in the history of Maxwell Public Schools. We were honored for 14 years to have him at the helm. We respect his decision and look forward to his continued contributions to our athletic department as both an athletic director as well as a head coach in both wrestling and baseball.”