Tom Bean is searching for a new head football coach and athletic director after Tim McFadden is stepping down following just one season at the school.
The ISD has posted the opening for the dual role on its website and the deadline for applications is until the position is filled. The qualifications include five years of teaching and coaching experience.
“I wanted to step out of the way to get someone in as soon as possible. I’m not leaving for a bigger job. I don’t have another job lined up right now. God will put me in a good spot,” McFadden said. “I was on a one-year contract and I’m serving out my contract. To really get the program moving forward I hope the commitment level is where it needs to be. It probably wasn’t a good fit for me.”
McFadden, who will keep his current duties until a replacement is hired, went 1-9 in his lone season with the Tomcats and posted a 1-5 mark in District 6-2A (I) to finish sixth in the standings. Tom Bean averaged 12.7 points and gave up 40.6 points with its lone victory being a 51-18 margin against Trenton. In half of the team’s games the offense failed to score a touchdown.
“Our goal was to get to the playoffs,” McFadden said. “We finished the year with about 20 guys after folding the JV. That’s 2A football. We never had a lot of guys. We were starting four or five freshmen both ways by the end.”
McFadden came to Tom Bean and took over for Truman “Pepper” Nix, who left the coaching profession for business opportunities in commercial real estate in Dallas after leading the Tomcats to a three-way share of the district title in 2017, the first for the Tomcats in 14 seasons, and the program’s first playoff appearance in five years.
This was McFadden’s first opportunity to be a head coach, which he took after spending two seasons as an assistant at Pilot Point. In addition, he had served as an assistant at McKinney and was the defensive coordinator at Denison.
The program hasn’t had a winning season since 2008 or won a playoff game since 2004.
McFadden is the fourth straight Tom Bean head coach to last no more than two seasons — Nix replaced Allen Cross, who was 7-13, and Cross was the successor for Torrey Price, who totaled a 7-14 mark that culminated with the Tomcats breaking a three-year playoff drought in 2012.
In the University Interscholastic League’s latest realignment in February, Tom Bean was placed in District 5-2A (I) with Celeste, Collinsville, Trenton and Valley View, which means all but one of the programs will make the playoffs in each of the next two seasons.
“There’s good kids. The off-season is going good,” McFadden said. “We’ve got a bunch of them in track. I’m trying to keep that together for the future.”