Southlake Carroll volleyball coach Arthur Stanfield, who guided the 2013 Dragons a 48-2 record and appearance in the UIL state tournament, said Wednesday that he was “no longer wanted” as the team’s coach.
Stanfield, Carroll coach the last seven seasons with a 272-40 record, was told Tuesday by Carroll athletic director Kevin Ozee that the district was moving in a different direction.
“I wanted to come back,” Stanfield said. “It was suggested to me that I retire and then it was also suggested to me that I consider making it look like I was ready to retire.”
Attempts to reach Ozee for comment Wednesday afternoon were not returned.
Stanfield, 59, has 36 years of coaching and teaching experience. He led Carroll to three straight outright district titles. His Red Oak teams won three state titles in 1992, ’95 and 2002.
The Dragons haven’t lost a district match since 2010.
Stanfield said this was the most difficult season he’s had coaching in his career.
“It was very difficult even though we won and had success. It was just a non-fun year for me,” he said. “I hate that maybe my last year coaching would be this successful but not fun. At age 59, I don’t know if I want to go somewhere and start over from scratch. Right now, I think I would consider something else, but who knows.”