Henderson State University and head football coach Scott Maxfield have agreed to a five-year contract extension that will run through the 2022 season.
Maxfield, who completed his 13th year as head coach of the Reddies, was a finalist for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff head coaching position. Friday, Maxfield notified UAPB that he is withdrawing his name from consideration.
"When you have been as consistently successful as Coach Maxfield has been here at Henderson State, others take notice and covet it for their program," said Director of Athletics Shawn Jones. "I also respect and understand the allure of exploring moving to Division I and the financial aspects of that. Scott and I enjoy a tremendous AD/Coach relationship and I encouraged him to look over the opportunity presented to him. I want to be clear, not once during this process did Scott ask for a thing from me or Henderson State. However, Dr. Jones and I wanted to show Scott and Beth Ann we want them to be Reddies until he coaches his final game. He has earned that with what he has done at Henderson. I am thrilled they have decided to continue their tremendously successful coaching journey at the program he has rebuilt and established into one of the most consistently successful in NCAA Division II."
In his 13 seasons at Henderson, Maxfield has compiled a 94-48 record, four conference championships, three NCAA playoff appearances, coached 117 all-conference honorees, 7 conference player of the year selections, 64 all-region picks, 24 All-Americans and four Harlon Hill Trophy Finalists.
"My wife (Beth Ann) and I love Henderson State University and the community of Arkadelphia," said Maxfield. "We have established some great relationships with the people throughout the community and at the University. We have built something special here at Henderson State and the support of our alumni, boosters, faculty and the students has been incredible."
Maxfield's victories rank second in program history and he is the only coach to lead Henderson to eight straight winning seasons. Since 2010, the winningest coach in the Great American Conference has compiled a 68-22 record, the best among all four-year Arkansas institutions. A three-time Coach of the Year honoree, Maxfield has guided the Reddies to a 54-12 GAC record which included a 27 game winning streak from 2011 to 2014.
Since 2011, Henderson has been in the national rankings at one point during the season with a top ranking of No. 4 in the AFCA Top 25 during 2014.
In 2012 and 2013, Maxfield was a finalist for Liberty Mutual AFCA National Coach of the Year. He was named AFCA Super Region 3 Coach of the Year honoree in 2013 after leading the Reddies to an 11-1 record and their second straight undefeated regular-season.
In addition to Henderson's on-field accomplishments, more than 85 players have earned academic all-conference honors with two players, Kelton Hays and Kevin Rodgers, earning Academic All-America honors with Rodgers being named the 2014 NCAA Division II Academic All-America Player of the Year.
Henderson's team grade point average has risen during Maxfield's tenure to 2.80 in the spring of 2017 including six players having a perfect 4.0.
Maxfield and his staff will now focus on solidifying his 2018 recruiting class.
Prior to Maxfield's arrival, Henderson struggled to make the transition from the NAIA to the NCAA Division II level.
From 1993 to 2004, Henderson had just one winning season and a combined record of 35-90-1 in those 12 seasons.
"I want to thank the Henderson State Board of Trustees, President Glen Jones and Director of Athletics Shawn Jones for having the confidence in me to continue leading the football program at Henderson State," said Maxfield. "We will continue to strive to be the best program in the Great American Conference with the ultimate goal of winning the first national championship in school history."