Maurer formally resigns as Iran's football coach and athletic director


Corby Maurer will step down after one season as Iraan High School head football coach and athletic director.

School board member Margaret Holmes confirmed Tuesday that Maurer has submitted his resignation and the position has been posted.

Maurer confirmed Wednesday that he is leaving at the end of the semester and has taken a job as a math teacher and assistant coach at Panhandle High School, a 2A-Division 1 program.

In addition to serving as football coach and athletic director, Maurer also taught classes at the school.

Maurer, who served as the assistant head coach in 2017, finished with an 11-2 record in his lone season as head coach. The team lost in the second round of the playoffs.

It was the first head coaching job for Maurer, and it came at his alma mater. He is a 1992 graduate of the school.

Prior to Iraan, Maurer was an assistant coach for 22 seasons at 6A Smithson Valley and Midland Lee.

Maurer took over for Mark Kirchhoff following his retirement.

In August, Maurer told The Pioneer he returned to Iraan because he wanted his three children to have the same small-town upbringing that he enjoyed.

Maurer's daughter, Colbi, is a senior and the Permian Basin's lone National Merit Scholar finalist.

The Iraan ISD recently went through nearly $3 million in budget cuts due to a combination of revenue shortfalls. In February, the school district reduced its staff by 23 positions for the 2019-2020 school year.

The cuts did not impact a bond measure passed by voters last November that included a remodel of the field house which houses the football offices, locker rooms and weight room, as well as the installation of new lights on the football/track complex and the construction of a new stadium concession stand and entry way into the stadium. The bond also allowed for bus and vehicle purchases, parking lot work and the creation of a bus drop-off area.

Iraan High School is projected to have about 80 students in the fall, a number that could drop it from 2A to 1A in UIL sports. 1A schools play 6-man football.

Meek previously said that the school would petition to remain in the 11-man football ranks if realignment led to 1A placement.