Terrell High School coach

TERRELL, Texas — Mike Shields, Terrell High School head football coach since 2013  will be leaving his post to go to McGregor ISD where he will assume the position of athletic director and head football coach.

McGregor, a 3A school about 20 miles southwest of Waco, made the announcement on their district’s facebook page Friday afternoon.

Shields reportedly told The Dallas Morning News the decision to leave was about moving closer to Waco, which is where his mother lives.

"We loved all five years here at Terrell," he said.

Shields came to Terrell after having unprecedented success at Red Oak. He broke the school's 22-year playoff drought in his first season there in 2007. He led Red Oak three rounds deep in playoff action twice in his seven seasons there.

In Terrell he won eight games his first season before going 11-2 in his second year. After that he went 9-3, before some less impressive seasons. Terrell won only four games the last two years, including a 1-8 performance this past season.

A Terrell ISD source tells inForney.com that the search for a new coach by Athletic Director Buster Leaf will begin immediately.