Casie Maxwell enters her fifth 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.
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.
In 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 national runner-up finish in the last four years at the NCEA National Championships.
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 tutored Alyssa Freeman, who became the first Wildcat in school history to compete at the VENC as an individual.
At the 2008 VENC, the Wildcats took third with their only loss during the tournament coming to eventual national champion Texas Christian.
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.
The end of Maxwell's second season at K-State was highlighted by the selection of Morgan Campbell to compete at the prestigious Collegiate Reining Invitational held at the 2008 NRHA Derby. Only four riders from all of the varsity equestrian programs nationwide are chosen each year to compete. Campbell was the second rider tutored by Maxwell to be selected for the Invitational; former Wildcat Sara Weller participated in 2007.
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.