After 10 seasons as Melissa’s head football coach, Seth Stinton is making a full-time move into an administrative role.


Stinton will be the boys athletic director for Melissa ISD and offensive coordinator Matt Nally will be elevated to head football coach starting in January.


“I’m excited for the opportunity to continue in my role as an athletic director and focus on the administrative side,” Stinton said. “I’m also excited for Coach Nally; this is a great opportunity for him to continue to build on the outstanding football program that we’ve developed in Melissa, and to make his mark.”


Since re-starting varsity football in 2004 after an 80-year hiatus, Melissa saw its most success under Stinton, capped by winning the Class 2A Division I state championship in 2011 with a 13-1 record.


Stinton steps down as the winningest coach in school history with an 81-40, nine playoff appearances and three district titles. He had a winning record in eight of his seasons and missed the playoffs only once, with a 1-9 record in 2015.


But for the most part the Cardinals flirted with double-digit wins. Stinton was 9-3 when he took over in 2009, went 8-4 the following season and then won it all in 2011 with a 28-15 victory over Hempstead.


Melissa moved up to 3A in 2012 and back-to-back 9-3 records followed.


Nally has been Melissa’s offensive coordinator for the past three seasons.


The 2017 team tied the 2011 champs with 604 points for the Cardinals’ single-season scoring total and was 12-2 with a region final loss against eventual state champ Texarkana Pleasant Grove while this past fall Melissa averaged 38.9 points while going 8-4 with an area round loss against Waco La Vega, which played in the Class 4A Division I state title game on Friday night.


He has previous head coaching experience with a 13-18 record and a playoff appearance in three seasons at Frankston from 2012-14.


“I am humbled that Coach Stinton would consider me for this position and I plan on building on the foundation that he created. I couldn’t ask for a better opportunity in a better community,” Nally said. “My family and myself are so excited and I cannot wait to get started.”


The 2017 team tied the 2011 champs with 604 points for the Cardinals’ single-season scoring total and was 12-2 with a region final loss against eventual state champ Texarkana Pleasant Grove while this past fall Melissa averaged 38.9 points while going 8-4 with an area round loss against Waco La Vega, which played in the Class 4A Division I state title game on Friday night.