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Casie  Maxwell
 Casie Maxwell
Head Coach


K-State Equestrian Prepares for Purple-White Scrimmage

Wildcats to preview team before regular season


Wildcats Earn Reserve National Championship

Third Reserve National Championship in four years


Western Team Advances to Semifinals

Face Georgia on Saturday


Hunter Seat Team Stopped in First Round

Fall to UT-Martin on tiebreaker


Wildcats Prepare for National Championships

Face top competition

Casie Maxwell enters her sixth season as K-State head equestrian coach, after she took full responsibility of the program in 2009-10 following her promotion to head coach during the summer of 2009, after two seasons as co-head coach and one as assistant western coach. In Maxwell's first full season, she guided the program to a national runner-up finish at the 2010 VENC and has placed K-State riders among the top five Western teams in the nation in each of the last five seasons. Maxwell also served as President of the National Collegiate Equestrian Association from 2011-2013.

During the 2013-2014 season, Maxwell coached the team to an undefeated home finish. The team went 11-6 on the season overall and made it to the quarterfinals at the NCEA National Championship. Maxwell instructed seniors Rachel Webster and Kelly Bovaird to the 50th career wins during their final season. Kelly Bovaird was the first K-State rider to qualify for the AQHA Horsemanship Challenge where she made it to the second round. Again, multiple riders earned All American recognition including: Second Team honoree Kelly Bovaird (Horsemanship), and Honorable Mentions Rachel Webster and Henley Adkins (Equitation on the Flat), Alexis Graves (Equitation over Fences), and Jordan Cox and Kara Guy (Reining).

In 2012-2013, Maxwell guided K-State to its highest finish in Big 12 competition with a second-place team finish in Stillwater, Okla., at the 2013 Big 12 Championships. She then led K-State's Western squad to its third Reserve National Championship finish in the last four years at the NCEA National Championships. Maxwell tutored senior Hannah Ribera to earn the Most Outstanding Player award at the NCEA National Championship, the second K-State rider in history. For their performances in the regular season, four riders earned All American Honors including: Meredith Finch (Equitation on the Flat- 1st Team), Rachel Webster (Equitation over Fences - 2nd Team), Hannah Ribera (Horsemanship - 2nd Team, and Kali Yates (Equitation over Fences - Honorable Mention). Rachel Webster and Larissa Laffey were selected to represent K-State at WEF in the Collegiate Equitation Challenge.

In 2011-2012, K-State named four riders to the All Big 12 Team, Sam Etsell, Kelly Bovaird, Larissa Laffey, and Sarah Mershon. The team finished 3rd at the Big 12 Championship. Additionally, four riders were named NCEA Honorable Mentions which included Sam Etsell (Reining), Emily Stockford (Reining), Kelly Bovaird (Horsemanship), and Sarah Mershon (Equitation over Fences). In its third year, Sarah Mershon was chosen to represent K-State in the Collegiate Equitation Challenge at WEF where she finished in the Final Four. Equitation on the Flat rider, Meredith Finch, was names Most Outstanding Player at the 2012 VENC. Finch was the first K-State rider to earn MOP honors at the Championship.

The 2010-2011 season proved successful again and with a roster full of young riders. At the Big 12 Championship, Zimbelman earned the first post season Most Outstanding Player honors for K-State after her performances in the Reining. Maxwell led the western team to another Reserve National Championship at the Varsity Equestrian National Championship. Freshman Kelly Bovaird was the first All American Rider from K-State, earning an Honorable Mention in Horsemanship for her performances throughout the season. Another freshman, Catherine Avolese was the second rider selected to compete at the Collegiate Equestrian Challenge at WEF.

In her first season as Head Coach in the 2009-2010 season, Maxwell saw tons of success. She led the western team to a Reserve National Championship finish at the Varsity Equestrian National Championship, the highest finish for any sports team in K-State history. Mikaela Sundgren qualified to compete in the Individual Horsemanship competition at VENC. Senior Tara Hallan qualified to compete at the NRHA Derby Collegiate Invitational, while Alecia Zimbelman was named alternate for the event. The addition of the Collegiate Equitation Challenge at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) had its inaugural year, and Katie Mellon was selected to compete for K-State. In the team's last year allowing riders to compete as individuals in the IHSA, senior Nicole Keenan qualified for the IHSA National Championship in Advanced Horsemanship.

During the 2008-09 season, she led the Western squad to a fifth place national finish at the 2009 VENC and a 10-6-2 record on the year. She also prepared Alyssa Freeman in Horsemanship, who became the first Wildcat in school history to compete at the VENC as an individual. Tara Hallan was named first alternate for the NRHA Derby Collegiate Reining Invitational for her performances throughout the season. Maxwell also coached Valerie Dysart all the way to competition at the IHSA National Championship.

In 2008, Maxwell was named to Co-Head Coach. The end of Maxwell's second season at K-State was highlighted by the selection of Morgan Campbell to compete at the NRHA Derby Collegiate Reining Invitational. Alecia Zimbelman was also named first alternate for the event. In team competition, Maxwell led the western team to a 3rd place finish at the Varsity Equestrian National Championship with their only loss during the championship to eventual national champions TCU, while also helping the team to a 5th place finish. Also in 2008, each rider that competed in the varsity horsemanship or reining earned a "Most Valuable Player" award. Each show, the judge gives an MVP award to whatever rider he or she thinks rode the best, regardless of whether her score was the highest of the day or not.

In her debut coaching season in 2006, Maxwell helped the team to a 4th place finish at the Varsity Equestrian National Championship and let the western team to a 6th place finish. Based on her performances all season, senior Sara Weller was the first K-State rider to earn a spot to compete at the NRHA Derby Collegiate Reining Invitational where she finished 10th. Only four riders from all of the Varsity Equestrian programs are chosen to compete each year. Maxwell also helped IHSA rider Emily Wolfe qualify to compete at the IHSA National Championship in Intermediate Horsemanship.

Prior to coming to Kansas State as an assistant coach in 2006, Maxwell served as a student coach at Texas A&M University, where she assisted with an Aggie squad that placed third nationally in Western at both the Varsity Equestrian and IHSA National Championships. As a four-year member of the Aggie equestrian team, she was the Reserve High Point Regional Rider of the Year in 2005 and also had two top-four finished at the Varsity Equestrian National Championships as a senior. Lisabeth earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M in 2005.

Maxwell was married to Bailey Maxwell in 2012 and they have one son, Tatum.