Maplesville coach Hubbert reaches milestoneBy Stephen Dawkins Published 8:48pm Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Maplesville’s Brent Hubbert reached a milestone in his coaching career last week, but he’s not taking a whole lot of time to reflect on his legacy.
Hubbert notched the 100th win of his career on Oct. 12 when the Red Devils defeated Autaugaville, 41-6.
The 2012 MHS squad has lost only one game, is ranked among the top 10 teams in the state and seems primed to give the school and community yet another deep playoff run. There’s no end in sight to the program’s success with Hubbert at the helm, so how many more victories does the coach plan to pile up?
“One more than my daddy,” Hubbert joked about his father, Jim Hubbert, who won 173 games from 1984 through 2000 while coaching at Maplesville and Lanett.
Brent Hubbert said his father still attends many Maplesville games. The father must be proud of how the son has been able to sustain the program’s success, though Brent Hubbert attributes that to the players and assistant coaches.
“A lot of it is the staff I’ve been blessed with having at Jemison and Maplesville, and the list of players is unbelievable,” Hubbert said. “The head coach gets the credit, but he probably does the least amount of work of any of them.”
Hubbert, 41, said he hasn’t considered his future in coaching–just that he knows he still enjoys it.
“There’s days where you love every part of it, and, just like any other job, there are days where you’re frustrated with everything that is going on,” he said. “I was told a long time ago, ‘When you pick your job, you better love what you do.’ I love doing what I do.”
Hubbert said he thinks the most important aspect of coaching high school athletes is having a positive effect on their lives. So, handling discipline problems is an important part of the job.
While the first reaction might be to kick a player off the team, Hubbert said coaches have to remember that course of action might not be best for the player.
“Our job isn’t to kick people off the team because [athletics] can be a great tool for a young man 10 years down the road to pull from.”
Hubbert said the players’ attitudes have allowed him to be on the sideline for so many wins.
“We want to consistently be in a situation to challenge for the playoffs and challenge for region championships–do those things year in and year out. We tell them all the time, ‘Work is hard, but so is life.’ God has blessed this program and this community with kids that don’t mind working, and that’s in all sports. That’s the greatest thing: to see them smile when they win and have a level of maturity to handle defeat in a class way.”