After 13 seasons at the helm of the McKinney Boyd football program, Don Drake has resigned from his spot as the Broncos’ head coach.
Drake is the original coach of the Boyd football program and leaves the school after amassing 70 wins, including five in the playoffs and a 9-2 record against crosstown rival McKinney. The former leader of Red Nation released this exclusive statement to the McKinney Courier-Gazette:
Dear Bronco Family,
It is with a heart of full of thankfulness and gratitude that I am writing to let you know that I am resigning my position as athletic coordinator/head football coach at McKinney Boyd HS. The past 13 years have created so many positive and special memories for myself and my family. I have had the privilege of working with many outstanding people, including fellow administrators, teachers, coaches, support staff, players and families. All of them have had a profound impact on my life and the lives of my family and we are better people for walking this path with all of them.
I hold deep gratitude in my heart for the opportunities that I have been given to work alongside so many people that positively impact the lives of others each and every day. My goal has always been to use the talents and abilities God has given me to help create an environment where people know they are loved and appreciated while striving for excellence in all that we do. The old saying goes, “Try to leave a place better than you found it.” When I was fortunate enough to find McKinney Boyd 13 years ago it wasn’t in existence. Today it is a place where coaches and kids come to work each day with a desire to love each other and push each other to be better than they were the day before. I leave knowing McKinney Boyd has impacted many and will continue to do so because of the people that have a heart for giving of themselves to others.
Again, thanks to each and every one of you for all that you have done to support our program, our kids, our school, our coaches and my family. You will always have a special place in my heart no matter where our journeys might take us in the future. Once a Bronco, always a Bronco.
The former Boyd head coach led the Broncos to the playoffs from 2010-14 after the program had a losing record in three of its first five seasons. One of Drake’s biggest accomplishments on the field was leading Boyd to the regional quarterfinal round of the playoffs in just his second season after the Broncos went winless during their inaugural campaign.
“After going to the regional quarterfinal round in only our second season and then moving up to the biggest classification and getting our feet wet for two seasons, we made five straight playoff appearances and went a couple rounds deep multiple times,” Drake said, “but I think those are some real positive things that have occurred here that people forget because of recent seasons.”
Currently, there are a McKinney ISD-high six former Broncos playing on FBS Division I rosters who played under Drake during their high school careers.
Things have been tough for the Broncos in recent years, totaling just a 14-26 record over the past four seasons – resulting in a four-year playoff drought. With Boyd winning two games in a season twice while going 9-21 over the last three years – while McKinney has been to the playoffs twice and North has been three times in the same time span – fans’ frustration with a lack of wins even spurred a change.org petition for the former coach to be relieved of his duties.
Currently, MISD doesn’t have an exact timeline on who will be Drake’s successor, but they will begin the anticipated process swiftly as the job should attract coaches from all over the state.
“Me and Dr. (Jennifer) Peirson will sit down this week and come up with a timeline of when we are going to post the job and set up interviews,” said Shawn Pratt, MISD athletic director. “We haven’t developed a profile of who we may consider, but obviously it must be someone who has been successful and has the ability of taking this program to the next level.”