McGehee to leave Sweetwater for Magnolia West

Sweetwater is in the market for a new athletic director and head football coach now that Ben McGehee is taking over the program at Class 5A Division I Magnolia West.  

McGehee finished with a 23-21 mark in four seasons leading the Mustangs. Sweetwater made the playoffs on three occasions, bowing out to Celina 37-22 in the area round to cap off an 8-2 mark in 2020.  

McGehee, who couldn’t be reached for comment, took over the Mustangs’ program a couple months after Shane Mobley led Sweetwater to the 2016 Class 4A Division II title game. Sweetwater compiled a 10-3 record in his first season, then followed that up with 1-9 and 4-7 marks.   

Sweetwater is the defending 1-4A Division II champion and is returning the district’s MVP in quarterback Leo Holsey, who has thrown for almost 4,900 yards and 63 touchdowns the past two seasons. 

Magnolia West is a newer Class 5A school outside Houston that is coming off a 5-5 season and missed the playoffs. McGehee replaces Blake Joseph, who left West last month after two seasons to join the coaching staff at the University of North Texas.   

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