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Oxford tabs Mayfield

Cleburne County coach approved as Yellow Jackets’ new wrestling coach
By East Alabama Sports Today
 Cleburne County’s Rusty Mayfield is the new wrestling coach at Oxford High School.
Mayfield was approved by the Oxford school board earlier this morning. He will also serve as an assistant football coach and teach in the CARES program at the middle school.
“He’s a great wrestling coach, that’s the No. 1 reason,” Oxford athletics director Larry Davidson said shortly after the vote. “He’s a perfect fit for our school. We had a lot of good candidates and he rose to the top.
“He’s been a successful wrestling coach and he’s a community guy and a great person to go with it. We’re excited. We’ll hit the ground running.”
Mayfield just completed his 14th season at Cleburne County, his alma mater. He has produced nearly 100 state qualifiers and 10 individual state champions. His 2018 team finished second in the State Duals Tournament.
He anticipates meeting all his new wrestlers Monday.
“I can’t wait to get started,” he said. “Oxford’s always been a place that I looked to as being one of those dream jobs of mine to go to. The family-type atmosphere that they have, the wrestlers they have, the competitive nature of the kids all of that is what I’ve tried to instill here at Cleburne County and was fairly successful in doing.”
Mayfield succeeds Kyle Routon, who left in May after two seasons to become the head wrestling coach at Arab.

When he’s not in the wrestling room, you’ll find Mayfield casting a long line on a nearby lake. He’s an accomplished tournament bass angler, too.

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