Coach Profile: Harrisonville's Brent Maxwell 3/6
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
When Harrisonville went looking for its next head football coach last spring it didn’t go very far. Brent Maxwell had been on the staff for the last nine years and this past fall he took over one of the most successful programs in Missouri.
Maxwell’s had been an assistant for 16 years total before taking the head coaching position. He was at Windsor for seven years before coming to Harrisonville where he was an assistant under both Fred Bouchard and Chuck Lliteras.
Along the way Maxwell said he learned a lot from the two coaches who have led Harrisonville the previous 12 seasons.
“I have learned several things about the game of football from numerous influences throughout my playing and coaching career,” Maxwell said. “However, the two most influential coaches I have had would be Fred Bouchard and Chuck Lliteras. From one I feel like I gained tremendous insight on how to run a successful program and from the other, I really learned the game of football as far as X's and O's go.”
The Wildcats found much success in Maxwell’s first year. Harrisonville went 11-2 with only a week No. 2 loss to Savannah and a loss to eventual champion Webb City in the Class 4 quarterfinals. The Wildcats also went 5-0 to capture a Missouri River Valley Conference West title.
While there were a lot of wins in Maxwell’s first year, there is more to football than victories. Maxwell said for him football is a way to teach young men about life lessons.
“My personal philosophy is to provide an environment in which we do what is best for kids,” Maxwell said. “Football is an outlet for many young men each year that leaves a lasting impact on them for many years. It is our responsibility to make sure it is positive memories rather than negative by making it available to everyone that is committed to putting in the work and placing them in a position in which they can be successful.”
Watching those players grow has become one of the favorite parts of Maxwell’s job.
“The things I enjoy the most are probably watching the growth and development of the young men from middle school to their senior year,” Maxwell said. “Witnessing/teaching student-athletes how to accept and excel in various leadership roles.”
Even though there are many positives with his profession and the game he loves Maxwell sees some trends that have him concerned.
“If I could change one thing about high school football, I would change the fact that it has rapidly developed into more of a business model rather than an educational experience,” Maxwell said. “With so much exposure to athletes at the professional and collegiate ranks and the money/marketing involved to sell programs and/or products, too many athletes attempt to imitate the actions of their role models by doing just about anything to gain individual exposure versus performing their very best with the sole intent of contributing to the success of their team.”
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