Maddox left administration job to coach
Robert “Bobby” Maddox, who died Jan. 20 at 84, so loved coaching football he left a job as an administrator to return to it.
“He missed coaching,” his wife Jeanette Maddox said. “He loved being with the boys … had a real good relationship with his players.”
A three-star athlete in track, football and basketball, Maddox graduated from the now defunct Hot Wells High School, attending Trinity University on an athletic scholarship.
“He set rushing records at Hot Wells and at Trinity,” his son Scott Maddox said. “He was a running back in both high school and college.”
After graduating from Trinity, Maddox coached, along with his brother Tommy Maddox, in the Edgewood School District before being drafted into the Army during the Korean War.
Playing football kept him safe.
“He never made it overseas,” his wife said. “He played football at Fort Jackson and was good enough that he played every game; the generals had a competition, so when they had good players they didn’t let them go.”
Scouted by the Green Bay Packers while in the Army, Maddox joined the professional team for two seasons, a rookie at the same time as quarterback Bryan Bartlett “Bart” Starr.
Maddox ultimately returned to his wife in San Antonio and enrolled in the doctorate program at Trinity.
“Professional players in those days didn’t make anything like they make now,” Jeanette Maddox said. “I made more than he did working at the telephone company.”
He was coaching at John Marshall High School when he was offered the position of athletic director of the North Side School District, but only fulfilled that role for a few years before returning to coaching.
“When he took over at McCollum they were 0 and 10 or 1 in 9,” Scott Maddox said. “In three years they won district championship.”
Popular with his team, Maddox “connected well with the players,” Scott Maddox said. “They listened to him out of respect, not fear.”
After coaching at Trinity for a few years, Maddox once again transitioned to administration, becoming assistant principal in the Harlandale district before retiring in 1993.
At home, Maddox “expected hard work from us, and competitiveness,” said his daughter Sherri Murrah. “But then he would also take us on fishing trips and family vacations.”