By Raymond Linex II
Corsicana Daily Sun
Mildred didn’t leave campus to find its new athletic director and head football coach. Billy Dan Chambliess, defensive coordinator the last five football seasons, was named to both positions Tuesday, Superintendent Becky Burns said in an email.
Chambliess, 36, also coaches softball and will remain in that role this spring.
“I’m excited,” said Chambliess, the son of educators and administrators. “At this point in my career, I think I have put in my time and I am ready.”
Prior to his five seasons in Mildred, Chambliess coached one year at Greenville, where he met former Mildred AD and head football coach Patrick Harvell, who announced his resignation earlier this month after leading the Eagles to the state finals last fall. Harvell left for an assistant principal’s position in the Mexia school district.
Prior to Greenville, Chambliess spent three seasons at Grand Saline and six at Forney. He was named interim AD at Mildred after Harvell’s departure.
The school district opened the position internally, and conducted interviews Tuesday evening.
“He has proven to us on a daily basis he has the qualifications and skills, and very importantly, he has demonstrated on a daily basis his love for all athletes — both boys and girls programs, and will guide the Eagles as our next head football coach,” Burns stated in her email. “Demonstrating a love for all students and for learning, Coach Chambliess will work to continue the tradition of success and great achievement in all of our boys and girls athletic programs, through maintaining the utmost in expectations academically and athletically, building positive leaders as he goes.”
In football, Chambliess has been on a staff that produced the best five-year span in school history, including 48 wins, the school’s first perfect regular season and first state finals berth, a semifinals berth and five playoff appearances. In 2011, when Mildred went 13-1 and lost in the semifinals, the Eagles gave up 116 points, and only 40 in the regular season.
Nothing will change scheme-wise, he said, and he hopes to retain the current coaches.
In softball last season, Mildred went 22-7 and won a district title.
“One of the toughest parts about (the AD) job is leaving the softball job,” Chambliess said.
Chambliess’ mother was a girls athletic director, and his father a former principal and superintendent. Both are retired now, but he credited growing up in a family of educators for preparing him.
He also praised his current school district.
“Mildred’s like a family,” Chambliess said. “It’s a great place, and family-oriented, and that’s why I enjoy it so much.”