WICHITA COUNTY (KFDX/KJTL) — After a beloved coach at Petrolia High School died unexpectedly in a wreck on Thursday night, the communities he impacted during his coaching career are mourning his loss.

Officials with the Petrolia Consolidated Independent School District announced on Thursday night, April 20, 2023, that Pat Maxwell, the head baseball coach for the Pirates, passed away following a crash.

“Petrolia CISD must share the news of the unexpected loss of Coach Pat Maxwell in a tragic automobile accident,” the Facebook post said. “He was a beloved and valued member of the PCISD family.”

2007 State Champion Archer City Wildcats, coached by Pat Maxwell, courtesy of Archer City ISD

Maxwell joined the staff at Petrolia High School in the summer of 2019 as the head baseball coach after spending seven years at Godley High School. Prior to that, he was Archer City’s baseball coach, where he won a state title with the Wildcats in 2007.

Officials with Archer City ISD also shared a post on their Facebook grieving the loss of their former coach.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and the Petrolia School community,” the Facebook post said. “Pat left his mark on our community during his time at ACISD. Coach Maxwell led our 2007 baseball team to the State Championship, which was the first Baseball Championship in our area.”

“Please join us in lifting up his family, friends, co-workers, and students in prayer as we all navigate through this devastating time,” PCISD officials said in a Facebook post.

District officials said grief counselors will be available at Petrolia High School on Monday, April 24, 2023.

We are currently working to confirm the details of the wreck. Stick with Texoma’s Homepage for updates as more information becomes available.