Mark Maxfield, a former Hoquiam High School varsity softball coach and administrator, will return to the Hoquiam Square Garden this winter as the new head girls basketball coach.
Maxfield, who recently left his part-time position as athletic director and technology coordinator at Wishkah High School, was approved for the job in the 2013-14 season by a special meeting of the Hoquiam School Board on Wednesday.
The 62-year-old retired administrator always knew he would return to coaching and the opportunity to return to Hoquiam came at the right time.
“I really missed coaching,” said Maxfield, who was the Central Elementary School principal for 18 years and was the HHS athletic director for another six years, ending in 2011.
“I just love being around athletes and fellow coaches. I enjoy the challenge of it all. The job opened up unexpectedly and I jumped at it. I now have the time, since I’m retired, and I have the knowledge to share with the kids. I always knew before I retired that I would coach again. I really love it.”
Maxfield has been a coach on the basketball court and on the softball field for years. His most recent time on the bench came when he piloted the HHS softball team to a state 1A championship in 2006, the second of two years as head coach. He also assisted former girls head coach Wayne Ross for three seasons.
His coaching resume also includes a stint as a boys junior varsity basketball coach at Toledo under head coach Rob Hippi in 1979-82 and Maxfield was one of the founders of Hoquiam Youth Basketball in 1995.
Earlier on Wednesday, Maxfield met the current and future HHS players for the first time.
“I told the girls today that when people come to watch them, I want them to say, ‘Hoquiam is a fun team to watch, they hustle and have a lot of class,’” Maxfield said. “We have some experienced players — eight kids from varsity last year — and we have a large number of eighth graders who will be freshmen next year. We’ll have a nice mix of players.
“I am an enthusiastic guy who has pretty high expectations,” Maxfield added, “yet likes to have a lot of fun. I think our girls will rise to the occasion.”
Maxfield noted that he is currently looking for coaches to round out his coaching staff for the upcoming season.