Coach Profile: Basehor's Asst. Brian Lohafer 3/19
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Brian Lohafer spent most of his coaching career in Maryville, Mo., but for the last three years he has made Basehor-Linwood his home. The Bobcats defensive coordinator has overseen one of the most successful runs in Basehor-Linwood history as a member of coach Steve Hopkins staff.
Lohafer is originally from Avoca, Iowa, and graduated from high school in 1970. He then went to Northwest Missouri State University where he earned his degree in 1975. He then spent the better part of the next 30 years coaching at Maryville high school before coming to Basehor-Linwood three years ago.
Football has been a part of his life from an early age and it is still a passion for him decades later.
“In High School, my uncle is just eight years older than me and he started throwing me a football when I was very young,” Lohafer said. “When I played in High School I had a very good head coach.”
Hopkins said he has been a key member of the Bobcats staff that has seen them go 27-4 over the last three seasons.
“He our assistant head coach/defensive coordinator is worth his weight in gold,” Hopkins said. “He is invaluable, and really a knowledgeable D-coordinator and an asset to our school - great art teacher also. He was a part of several state championships/state appearances at Maryville, and as good as anyone I've ever been around defensively.”
This past season the Basehor-Linwood defense was one of the best in the Metro. The Bobcats recorded two shutouts this season and held its opponent under 15 points in four other games.
Lohafer said his philosophy is to help kids reach their potential while being a good teammate on the coaching staff.
“Every kid thinks and imagines himself as a potential All- American it's my job to try and find that athlete,” Lohafer said. “I also need to be loyal to the head coach as a member of the staff.”
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