Ryan Jones is stepping down as head football coach at Maxwell, effective after the team’s game against Mullen on Thursday.
The school announced Jones’ decision in an emailed press release Tuesday afternoon.
“Coach Jones will step down as the most successful football coach in the history of Maxwell Public Schools,” superintendent Danny McMurtry said in the release. “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.”
As McMurtry noted, Jones will retain his position as the activities director for Maxwell Public Schools, and he will continue as head wrestling and head baseball coach.
Jones has roamed the Maxwell sidelines for the past 18 years as a coach, taking over the head coaching reins in 2007. He compiled a 71-58 career record and qualified eight times for the NSAA playoffs.
The Wildcats reached the semifinals of the Class D1 playoffs, beating Silver Lake, Elwood and Giltner before falling to runner-up Axtell, and again in 2014 in Class D2, beating Medicine Valley, Bertrand and Garden County before falling to runner-up Anselmo-Merna.
Jones finishes his career as the Wildcats coach with a 10-8 playoff record and a 6-2 first-round record. The team was district champions four times under his tutelage, and he was named the Huskerland Prep Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2014.
The first 8-man football game the North Platte High School graduate ever saw was the junior high game he coached in 2003, the press release said. He went on to coach that team for four seasons before being hired to run the high school program.
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