Keith Ivy is returning to his family’s roots.
Ivy has been named the new head football coach and athletic director at Aubrey, which is about 18 miles from Sanger, where he graduated from high school.
The Aubrey school board approved Ivy’s hire on Thursday. After two years as the head coach at Seymour, Ivy said he’s excited to return to the Denton area.
“That’s home to me and my family,” Ivy said. “Just to get back in that area there at Aubrey and to hopefully plant some roots there and be there for a long, long time. That’s our intentions and plans.”
The former Seymour coach said he should start at Aubrey sometime this week. Ivy takes over for Mike Segleski, who resigned in January after two years as Aubrey’s head coach. Segleski was 4-16 overall during that stretch.
One day after Segleski resigned, Daryl Hellman resigned as Aubrey’s athletic director. Ivy will also take over the spot Hellman vacated. Hellman is currently the head baseball coach for the Chaparrals.
Ivy, 41, has a career head coaching record of 23-11 in three years.
In Ivy’s two years at Seymour, he led the District 3-A Division I program to a 17-5 record and back-to-back outright district titles. Ivy said they were the school’s first outright district titles since 1957.
Prior to his two years at Seymour, Ivy was a head coach for one year at Electra, where the team went 6-6 and reached the area round of the Class A Division II playoffs.
Ivy has 17 years of coaching experience, including stops at Sanger, Allen, Gainesville and Cleburne. Ivy’s father, James Ivy, was the head coach at Sanger from 1988 to 2001 and compiled a record of 75-60-1.
Argyle assistant football coach Daniel Lundy decided to join Cleburne’s staff during the five-year stretch Ivy was Cleburne’s assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. Lundy lauded Ivy’s work ethic.
“It’s just in his blood,” Lundy said. “He comes from a family of coaches. He’s going to put in more work than everybody else, that’s for sure.”
Aubrey has not reached the playoffs since 2009, when it reached the Class 2A Division II regional semifinals. The Chaparrals moved up to Class 3A in 2010.
Ivy graduated from Sanger in 1991, and his wife, Amber, graduated from Pilot Point in 1994.
The new Aubrey head coach said he’s ready to meet the parents and kids in the community and get plugged into an area he knows well.
“Aubrey is a great community,” Ivy said. “It’s an unbelievable school district. Their academics speak for themselves. The athletic side, we’re going to work on some tradition that they have there and try to raise the bar and expectations.”
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