Boxell takes over Elks basketball program
When Layne Boxell applied for the head boys basketball coaching position at Burleson High School he had an eye on not just his career but also his daughter’s education.
The new leader of the Elks program has an 8-year-old daughter Addy who will be starting second grade and a 5-year-old daughter Kinley who will be starting Kindergarten. Boxell was approved by the school board during its April 25 meeting.
“What the Burleson ISD had to offer from an educational standpoint was a big draw,” Boxell said. “When it came down to it the Burleson job hit all the bullet points for me - a good school district for my children and a good school district on the basketball side of things.”
Boxell, 32, takes over a program that went 6-8 in District 5-5A and 11-17 overall.
This will be Boxell’s fourth head coaching stop. He comes to Burleson after three seasons at Class 4A Sanger where he led the Indians to back-to-back playoff appearances and consecutvie 18-win season. In two years at Class 4A Tatum he won back-to-back district titles and he went to the playoffs in both years at Class 4A Pollack Central.
Boxell graduated from Lubbock Christian and is a graduate of Ponder High School.
One thing Boxell likes about coaching at Burleson is the opportunity his players have to play in Spring, Summer and Fall leagues. The Elks have six teams playing currently in summer leagues at either White Settlement Brewer or Glen Rose.
“Playing as much as possible is a big part of individual and program growth,” Boxell said. “I wasn’t able to set things up becaue I was still at Sanger, but the coaches on the high school and middle school staffs were able to arrange things for summer league play. The biggest positive I see right now is that the kids are willing to work. We have a lot of participation.”
The turnout for open gyms has been good, Boxell said. There aren’t many seniors on the roster but there are plenty of juniors who can help the program.
At each new job, Boxell has changed his coaching philosophy according to the skills and talents of the players available.
“Different places have a plethora of different players and talent levels,” Boxell said. “I adjust to the players I have. It’s about adjusting to your kids and your opponents.”
Boxell favors a motion-based offense because he said that eventually any continuity will be scouted and stopped. If possible, Boxell would like to play man-to-man defense.
Former Elks head coach Joey Martin took a similar position at Fort Worth Arlington Heights.