Axtell makes hire to replace Mike Cadell

Axtell hires Eric Blenden to replace Mike Cadell.

Axtell ISD has hired Valley Mills’ Eric Blenden as its new athletic director and head football coach replacing longtime coach Mike Cadell.

Blenden has been at Valley Mills since 2014 and went 5-5 all three seasons never reaching the playoffs. Prior to his hire in Valley Mills Blenden was the head football and boys’ basketball coach at Frost. Blenden posted an 18-8 record in two seasons as head football coach guiding the Polar Bears to the regional finals in 2012.

Blenden is a Crawford native and is expected to begin his new job in mid-February.

Cadell took over in 1997 taking the Longhorns to the playoffs seven seasons but Axtell went 1-9 in 2016.  In his 20 seasons Cadell compiled a 96-104 record and will work with students on the elementary and middle school campuses as a community liaison role.

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