Back in December 2015, Grapevine baseball coach Steve Hutcherson was looking for a pitching coach - he reached out to an NFL quarterback.
Tommy Maddox, who graduated from L.D. Bell in 1990 and went to UCLA, spent two seasons with the Mustangs. The program won 68 games, made back-to-back state tournament appearances and won the Class 5A title in 2016.
On Wednesday, it was announced that Maddox was going to take over for the Decatur baseball team.
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Hutcherson posted a long tweet, thanking for Maddox’s friendship, saying “for a year and a half, I haven’t gone to work a single day, but rather I went to hang out with my friend.”
Maddox, the NFL’s 2002 Comeback Player of the Year after he led the Pittsburgh Steelers to the playoffs, played parts of nine seasons with five NFL teams from 1992 to 2005. During his senior year at Bell, Maddox was district MVP.