Sandies Start Football Season With New Coach

Veteran Coach Wayne Mahaffey Takes The Helm at Grapeland

Grapeland Sandies will begin preseason football workouts under new Athletic Director/Head Coach Wayne Mahaffey at 6:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3.

Wayne Mahaffey Grapeland ISD AD/ Head Football CoachWayne Mahaffey Grapeland ISD AD/ Head Football CoachAfter equipment is issued, players will head to the field for their first practice starting at 8 o'clock. Workouts will be held daily from 8 a.m. until noon until teacher in-service begins. Players will start working out in pads on Friday, Aug. 7.

Coach Mahaffey said he expects 35-40 prospects. "We lost four seniors and we'll have about 12 coming up from junior high, so we'll have a net gain," he said.

The Sandies are scheduled for two scrimmages in preparation for their season opener at West Hardin on Friday, Aug. 28.

Mahaffey takes the Sandies to Brook Hill School at Bullard on Saturday, Aug. 15 for a three-way scrimmage with Overton and Brook Hill starting at 9 a.m. Trinity comes to town for the Sandies' final preseason tune-up the following week.

Beginning his 39th year of coaching, Mahaffey brings 18 years of head football coach experience with 11 playoff appearances at Rusk, Wimberley, Kaufman and Bartlett, where his 1990 squad won the Class 1A State Championship.

Mahaffey previously coached at Grapeland in 1980-81 as head baseball coach and assistant football coach. He returned to Grapeland in 2014 as an assistant football coach and head softball coach before being elevated to his current position.

"It's great to be back," said Mahaffey. "This is my wife's hometown, and her parents live here as well as our daughter and her husband. So we're kind of back home, and we enjoy living here. We're excited about getting the year started."

During Mahaffey's nine-year stint at Rusk, the Eagles made the playoffs six seasons and reached the regional semifinals in 2002. "We didn't make the playoffs my first two years at Rusk, but then we made it six in a row before missing the playoffs my final season there," he noted.

Mahaffey then went to Hamshire-Fannett, where he was head baseball coach and assistant football coach for five years.
Before Rusk, Mahaffey was athletic director and head football coach at Wimberley for five years and AD/head football coach at Kaufman for three years.

His coaching experience also includes eight years at Bridge City as an assistant for football and baseball.