Carroll school district officials responded Thursday to reports from a day earlier that Arthur Stanfield had been removed as head coach of the Carroll volleyball team.
“Coach Stanfield has been phenomenal and has taken the volleyball program to a new level,” Carroll assistant superintendent Julie Thannum said. “The change doesn’t make everyone happy but it’s simply a difference in philosophy and a new direction for the program.
“The decision weighed very heavily on the district as we do not take these kinds of actions lightly. This was not about playing time or any one player and it wasn’t made with another coach in mind.”
Stanfield, who guided the 2013 Dragons to a 48-2 record and appearance in the UIL state tournament, said Wednesday that he was “no longer wanted” as the team’s coach.
“I wanted to come back,” said Stanfield, 59. “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.”
Stanfield coached Carroll for seven years and compiled a 272-40 record. He said he was told Tuesday by Carroll athletic director Kevin Ozee that the district was moving in a different direction.
Thannum said the coaching vacancy will be posted shortly and although she was non-committal, said a new coach could be in place as early as mid-March.
Stanfield has 36 years of coaching and teaching experience. He led Carroll to three straight outright district titles. His Red Oak teams won three Class 4A state titles in 1992, ’95 and 2002.
The Dragons haven’t lost a district match since 2010.
Stanfield said the 2013 season was the most trying he’s endured during his coaching 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?”