Further strengthening its commitment to girls wrestling, Bixby High School is thrilled to announce Paul Mayfield as its first dedicated head girls coach.
Coach Mayfield joins the Spartans from Stilwell High School, where he served as the head boys and girls high school and junior high coach. Over the past nine seasons at Stilwell, he developed 34 different OSSAA state qualifiers, seven state finalists, three state champions, one four-time state champion, four All-Staters, four High School All-Americans, and one NCAA DI All-American. He founded Stilwell’s girls wrestling program and built a strong culture that has produced over 40 MS and HS girls on the roster each of the last three seasons, including 14 girls OSSAA state qualifiers, two medalists, and one state finalist. Mayfield also contributes to girls wresting outside of the OSSAA season, serving as a Team Oklahoma Girls Junior National Duals Coach.
“I am honored and excited to become the head girls wrestling coach at Bixby High School,” said Mayfield. “Girls wrestling in Oklahoma is rapidly growing and Bixby offers the opportunity to build a championship program that will set the standard for excellence in the sport. Our goal will be to instill confidence, self-discipline, competitiveness, and dedication in our student-athletes that will prepare them for success in academics, wrestling, and life.”
“This is a giant step forward, not just for Bixby but for the continued growth of girls wrestling across the state,” said Ray Blake, Bixby’s Coordinator of Wrestling Programs. “Coach Mayfield may be the first high school wrestling coach in Oklahoma to leave a head boys position for a girls-only position, signaling a change in times where more coaches are seeing the big picture and understanding the value of building young women of character through wrestling. Paul’s passion, experience, and vision made him the perfect candidate to lead our girls program into the future.”
On the mats, Mayfield was a 2002 OSSAA state champion at Ardmore HS and 2006 Junior College national champion at Neosho CC. He was a member of the 2007 NCAA DII national championship team at the University of Central Oklahoma, where he completed his bachelors degree before earning a masters in Sports Science from the University of Ohio. He and his wife, Melissa, have two young children, Violet and Jiggs.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for me and my family,” Mayfield added. “The Bixby staff is first class and their girls program has already experienced tremendous success. I cannot wait to get started. Go Spartans!”
In conjunction with this move, Bixby will hire a full-time girls assistant wrestling coach and dedicate a separate wrestling room to its high school and junior high girls teams, which is scheduled to be ready for practices this fall.