Regarding the recent resignation of (Amarillo High head football coach) Mel Maxfield, he will be missed. (Lahnert: What’s up at Amarillo High? A crazy but significant 40 hours, Nov. 29, amarillo.com.)
Maxfield was not only a good coach, he was a good man whose philosophy on life was echoed on the practice field.
The term “I” was not in his vocabulary, just “we.” He taught that the team was the focus. No single individual was elevated in importance over another or above reproach in his game plan.
Character, attitude, and work ethic mattered to him, and he taught those principles to the young men that he coached.
Coaching has changed, in my opinion, since Coach Max played in high school and college. He was tutored in what I believe was a school of “harder knocks” than what we have now, but that helped shape his approach towards building the foundations needed for boys to achieve something greater than solely for themselves.
I always wished that my dad could have met him or seen him speak to a group of parents or players. Maybe that is because he reminded me of my dad’s love of the game, and how it could teach a young boy to persevere and endure while always trying his best. Maybe it is because coach Max, in some small but important way, helped our sons become better men.
I’m thankful mine had that opportunity. Good luck, Coach.