Lewisville ISD named Randy Mayes’ successor as athletic director at Monday’s Board of Trustees meeting.
The district has tabbed Tim Ford, formerly of Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, to the position effective July 1.
Ford takes over for Mayes, who had been in his position since the summer of 2008 overseeing programs at Flower Mound, Hebron, Lewisville, Marcus and The Colony High Schools.
During Mayes’ tenure, the district experienced marked athletic success, including team state championships in volleyball (Hebron, 2010), boys basketball (Marcus, 2011 and 2012), softball (Lewisville, 2013), girls soccer (Hebron, 2014) and baseball (Flower Mound, 2014) — the first ever baseball title for the district.
Ford, meanwhile, had been the director of athletics/activities for Grapevine-Colleyville ISD since 2007 and has more than 35 years of experience in education.
He noted LISD’s success under Mayes and previous regimes as an attraction.
“It’s one of the premier, if not the premier multi-school district in the state,” Ford said. “When you look the level of success they’ve achieved in a variety of sports, it’s certainly an exciting opportunity for me.”
While at Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, Ford oversaw the athletic programs at Grapevine and Colleyville Heritage (both competed in District 6-5A in 2013-14) and four middle schools.
“There are a lot of issues that can arise having multiple programs instead of just one,” Ford said, “so I think that will help the transition. The biggest difference will be the 320 coaches under me as opposed to 120 or so. One of the big challenges is just getting everything delegated, but there is already a great structure in place in LISD that should help keep everything organized.
“At this point just getting started, I don’t know a ton about what’s going on, but to be successful, I have to make sure all the coaches are in the right positions.”
Ford added that the proximity to LISD (with the two districts often squaring off in the postseason) will also be a benefit.
Prior to being AD at Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, Ford was an assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for 10 years at Heritage, where he also served as assistant track coach and taught biology. Ford also coached football and track and taught biology at Grapevine High School (1993-1996) and Trinity High School (1986-1992). He was on the staff of Trinity’s 1992 state finalist football team and coached the state champion girls discus thrower.
Ford began his career in 1977 at Irwin Middle School in Midlothian, Texas, and also had stops at Travis Middle School (1978-1981), MacArthur High School (1981-1983) and Euless Junior High (1981-1986).
Ford received his Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education from The University of Texas at Arlington and Masters of Education Administration from East Texas State University (now named Texas A&M University-Commerce).
Ford is a member of the Texas High School Athletic Directors Association, Texas High School Coaches Association and Texas High Schools Girls Coaches Association. He and his wife, Linda, have three adult sons, Sam, Ty and Cole.
His duties begin July 1 and Ford noted that Mayes has helped ease the transition.
“I’ve known him for a while and he’ll be a big help,” Ford said.