By Alex Byington

Killeen Daily Herald

Todd McVey is a head football coach again, albeit not under the most ideal of situations.

According to a statement released by the Katy Independent School District, the former Harker Heights coach has been named the interim head coach and athletic coordinator at Morton Ranch High School following the suspensions of three members of the Mavericks' coaching staff Friday.

"Really right now, I'm trying to gather my thoughts," McVey said. "My concern is making sure those kids have a plan and are organized just like I would if I had been trying to get them ready all along. Making sure the staff and I are on the same page when we're out there and it's a positive for those kids. That's the most important thing, then work from there."

McVey, who coached the Knights for two seasons and compiled a 2-17 record overall, resigned in January to take an assistant athletic director position within the Katy ISD.

The statement said district administrators have placed three Morton Ranch coaches on administrative leave following the completion of an investigation into reports of allegations of violating district polices regarding student records, possible misuse of funds, and athletic eligibility.

"I was not part of that (decision), the athletic director (Rusty Dowling) handled all of that with the superintendent," McVey said. "I know nothing ... and their concern was making sure I got things ready to go for football practice Monday afternoon."

McVey had no comment regarding any validity to rumors of the ineligibility of particular players at Morton Ranch.

Although no coaches were named in the official statement, a report in the Houston Chronicle lists Mavericks head coach and athletic coordinator Scott Svendsen among those placed on leave, along with two unnamed assistants.

Entering his second season at Morton Ranch, Svendsen helped lead the fledgling four-year program to it's first winning record (6-4) last year.

When notified of the decision Friday, McVey said he was in Killeen packing up boxes and getting things squared away at his area home.

"I got a call and asked to be somewhere, said 'Yes, sir.' and that's where I'll be," he said.

McVey left Heights to work under Dowling, whom he worked with as an assistant at Texas City in the mid-1990s and again at McKinney earlier this decade before taking over as head coach there in 2003. McVey is 19-41 in six seasons as a head coach.

"Well, it's just athletics and adversity, you know, lots of lessons," McVey said. "So we'll just have to work together and fight through it. Just make sure that when they step out on the field that they are a cohesive group, they're ready to go and face the challenges that they face on the field and in the classroom."

Contact Alex Byington at or at (254) 501-7566.

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