After six incredible seasons as Head Coach of Hartfield Boys Basketball, Steven Makamson is stepping into a new chapter in his life. Coach Mako’s career at Hartfield has been marked by excellence, integrity, and heart, making his recent Coach of the Year recognition of no surprise to Hawk fans.
Coach Mako will be missed, and certainly leaves an indelible impression upon the students he has coached. Forward (and Player of the Year) Jonathan Lucas shares the sentiment of many players who have come before him: “Coach Mako impacted my athletic career by helping develop me into the best player I could be,” says Lucas. “Maybe even more importantly, he helped me to love basketball once again after a difficult time my sophomore year. I would not be the player or the man I am today without Mako in my life.”
Head of School David Horner says this of our Championship coach: “I am very proud that Hartfield is blessed with many coaches that embody the mission of our school the way Steven Makamson has from day one. It can be a challenge for coaches to balance a deep desire to compete at the highest level while also caring for each individual of all talent levels, but Coach Makamson has done that. Steven walks out a Godly example in the way he leads and lives, and those who have played for him have been blessed by it.”
Mako finished out an impressive season with an amazing State Championship finish. This Championship title was made possible by years of hard work and time spent cultivating a program, during which Makamson secured 147 Varsity wins (at an average 24.5 wins per year), two State Championships, and three Overall Tournament appearances (one Runner-Up and two Semifinals). He credits the achievements of this past season and seasons before it to a strong roster of upstanding young men, saying, “We had 6 seniors who came to practice each day focused and ready to get better. They were talented, seasoned ball players who were also great leaders, and much of our success was a result of their attitudes and efforts.
As our Coach of the Year reflects and looks to the future, he had this to say:
“It has been a tremendous ride for me and my family. The Hartfield support from administration, fans, and students is second to none. Great teams are not built by themselves - it takes a lot of people pouring in to take a program to the top. Certainly talented coaches and players and hard work are required, but without outside support, it’s not going to happen. I'd like to remind the Hawk family to keep up the good work and to remember that my family and I will still be here, excited to see the teams perform. I’ll still be around - I’m just moving from coach on the court to fan in the stands. We love the Hawks!”
Hartfield Academy is fully accredited by both the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the MidSouth Association of Independent Schools (MAIS), the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Southern Association of independent Schools (SAIS).