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Mavericks coaches talk about why this program WORKS for players
January 27, 2014By Mark McLaughlin of Missouri Mavericks Developmental Basketball
What do Mavericks coaches say makes the program WORK for high school and middle school players? FIND OUT.
TIM COOL, Mavericks Director of Competition, Head Boys Coach, Chillicothe High School
When I look back on my seven years with the Missouri Mavericks program, two words come to mind....basketball and family. It started with Mark. Mark McLaughlin is one of the most giving people I have ever met. He combines his passion for basketball with a love of helping people, to create an atmosphere where players and their families become a part of a bigger family.....the Maverick family. My two sons played for the Mavericks when they were in high school and they both gained valuable basketball knowledge and skill while playing against very high level competition,helping them become better players. More importantly, they made life-long friends and we're influenced by some outstanding coaches which made them better people. I am looking forward to another fun and exciting year. Basketball and family....it doesn't get much better than that. ---COACH COOL
HARRISON BRUMLEY, Assistant Boys Basketball Coach, Osage Beach
I came into the Missouri Mavericks program after my first year coaching at School of the Osage. Being a part of this program has opened many doors from a professional standpoint in that I have been able to network amongst other great coaches and it has helped give me extra game- time reps as a young coach. I feel as though the added experience has helped me tremendously in maturing into a credible basketball coach. I have been with this organization for two, going on three years now. Most of all though, I enjoy helping out young players from my own experiences as a player and watching them succeed at a high level. My players that I have been able to get involved have benefited as well. I have had five players of mine from Osage play in the program in the last two years. Freddy Wackenhut benefited from playing with the Mavericks in that it gave him many extra game reps preparing him for a great senior season in which he was named All-Conference, All-District, as well as being selected to the Missouri All- Star Challenge. Freddy also earned a basketball scholarship to Judson University in Illinois. Three of my current players, Tristan Hensley, Wyatt Whitman, and Jordan King, played last year as well. Tristan has transformed himself into a college prospect while Wyatt has earned a starting spot on varsity and Jordan King now getting valuable minutes as a sophomore. Last, my eighth grader, Peyton Bartlett played up an age group last year helping him become an instant scoring threat and starting at the two spot on his eighth grade team this year. ---COACH BRUMLEY
LEE RICHARDSON, Head Boys Basketball Coach, Bunker High School
I have grown more as a coach during one season in the Mavericks program than in the rest of my career. Being a Mavericks coach is special because it gives coaches and players room to grow in a no-fail environment, exactly the same opportunity afforded the players. X's and O's, game management, coaching talent far beyond what I'm used to dealing with, just a few perks of the experience - it's too much fun to call it a job. But BY FAR the best part of being a coach is enjoying the fellowship and relationships built with the countless outstanding young men, families, and fellow coaches that are a part of the Mavericks program. In the case of my 17U West Elite team from summer 2013, EVERY single player on that team, all 11 of them, have shown unbelievably tremendous next-season growth and improvement in 13-14. I have had the honor of seeing many of them play with their high school teams this winter and feel very much like a proud parent seeing them perform at very high levels and leading their teams. We won some games, lost a few close ones, and took it on the chin a time or two last summer, but the team battled as brothers all summer long. Playing that high level of competition greatly sharpened their skills, and best of all every one of them built life-long friendships with other quality young men of character they never would've otherwise. ---COACH RICHARDSON
TREVOR MCDANIEL, 2-year Mavericks coach, Columbia, MO
I joined the Missouri Mavericks at a time when I was looking for an opportunity to get into coaching. I had coached some 8th grade AAU and really enjoyed it, but wanted to expand my own dimensions as a coach and see if I could handle a step up in competition and players. Without hesitation the Mavericks program let me come and start assisting for a few months before getting to takeover my own team as a head coach. As a coach, the family atmosphere that the Missouri Mavericks program promotes is very refreshing. I feel that in most AAU programs each year you can be dealing with a new bunch each time. A lot of kids come into this program at a young age and stick with it year after year, not only because of the quality of competition they get to see, but because of that family promoted environment and the relationships they build. Since I am just getting my coaching career started I have been able to learn and soak in so much from the coaches around me in the program. There is a ton of basketball knowledge and great relationships between the staff that allows for great feedback and bouncing ideas off of one another. This is truly a program that I wish I would have had around or known of when I was in my high school playing days because I believe my game could have been taken to another level I can only dream of now. In my first year of coaching with the Mavericks I had three kids from the 8th grade AAU program I was apart of join the Missouri Mavericks. Each individual has shown substantial improvement due to being apart of the Missouri Mavericks and is showing their high school coaches exactly what they can do now that they have that experience under their belt. Two of those individuals play substantial minutes for their Freshman teams and I have heard from their coach that he didn't even expect to be playing them a ton of minutes let alone starting them most games. Another individual is now starting for his JV team and just got his first taste of Varsity time a few nights ago. As a player, he always had the talent to do some special things but it was because of the Missouri Mavericks program and the competition he played with and against that he has the confidence to compete against anybody he plays, no matter their size, no matter their age, no matter the level. That is what this program does for players, gets them playing against competition they may never have seen in school ball and when they go back, they find that the game has slowed down for them and they have the confidence to take on any and all competition they see across the floor. ---COACH MCDANIEL
SPENSYR DOWNING, Assistant Coach, King City High School ---2013 Mavs coach-of-the-year I had one goal when I joined the mavericks last year. It was to improve myself as a coach and to gain some positive experience. I can safely report that after one year in the program that has happened and at an incredible. I've gained knowledge from some of the better coaches in the state, and made friends as well. I think it's helped players gain confidence and enhance basketball awareness expedited due to the level of our players, and our competition. I would highly recommend this program to anyone looking to develop their basketball game to advance. It won't disappoint. ---COACH DOWNING
New coaches joing the program this summer include Green Ridge head boys coach Jason Ollison, former Elsberry and Blair Oaks coach Dan Mahurin, and college interns Kaid Hendren(NWMSU), Kody Ettinger(Fontbonne) and Japheth Busick (NWMSU). Kaid, Kody and Japheth were all high school-staters and multi-year Mavericks players returning to assist.