Casie Maxwell, Head Equestrian Coach
Casie Maxwell enters her fourth season as K-State head equestrian coach, after she took full reigns 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 four seasons.
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. Maxwell earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M in 2005.
Anna Schierholz, Hunter Seat Coach
Kansas State equestrian head coach Casie Maxwell announced on July 16 the addition of Anna Schierholz to her coaching staff as an assistant coach for the 2012-13 season. Schierholz will lead the Wildcats' Hunt Seat program.
"I am thrilled to have Anna Schierholz join our staff for the 2012-13 season," stated Maxwell on the addition. "She has excellent knowledge and experience in the industry, as well as great experience coaching riders at the top levels. Coming from Auburn's historically competitive team, I believe Anna can relay those experiences to our team and help take out Hunter Seat program to the next level."
Schierholz, originally from St. Louis, Mo., joins the Wildcats after spending the last year as the head trainer at Clouds End Farm in Wildwood, Mo. She also served as a trainer with Griffin Farm in Wentzville, Mo.
"I am so excited to have the opportunity to coach at Kansas State," said Schierholz. "The Wildcat family has been so welcoming, and I am looking forward to working with Coach Maxwell and the equestrian team, as well as within the Big 12 Conference. K-State is such a prestigious university with an athletic department steeped in rich tradition, and I am grateful to be a part of it and help foster the growth of the NCEA and the equestrian sport."
During her career four-year career at Auburn, Schierholz helped the Tigers win both the VENC Overall national title and the VENC Hunt Seat national title in 2011. She also helped Auburn to the VENC Hunt Seat national crown in 2008. At the conclusion of the 2011 season, Schierholz earned honorable mention All-American honors.
As a Tiger, Schierholz achieved an overall record in Equitation over Fences of 29-11 and tallied six MVP honors and in Equitation on the Flat she notched a 6-1 mark and two MVP citations.
She was also an outstanding student during her time at Auburn, as she was named to the SEC Honor Roll and garnered the Top Tiger Academic Award in all four of her seasons of competition. Schierholz graduated cum laude in the spring of 2011 with a degree in journalism.