Learn about the featured speaker of a coming event.
The Fifth Annual Brookfield Quarterback Club Banquet will be held at 6 p.m. on May 6. Tickets to the event are on sale now for $100 each from QB Club members. This year’s event is headlined by Steve Haag, current Head Football and Track Coach at Mexico High School, where he holds a 26-8 career record in football, and won the Class 3 Track title in 2001.
Haag was a standout three-sport athlete at BHS, and played football at Mizzou as well. Haag was a state champion in wrestling and track, going unbeaten to earn the heavyweight crown on the mat in 1992, and the discus title the same year.
“It is a tremendous honor to come back and speak at the quarterback club banquet,” said Haag. “How I live my life today can be linked back to the lessons I learned growing up in Brookfield, and especially competing on the gridiron as a Bulldog. I always get a smile on my face when I come back to Brookfield, and especially when I get to talk about the great tradition that is Brookfield football. It could also mean that I am getting old...so there isn't much positive in that aspect!”
Haag was an All-State offensive lineman, earning first team honors in 1991. He would go on to Hutchinson Community College for one year, earning a varsity letter, and playing in the Valley of the Sun Bowl.
Haag recalled that choosing one memory of his time as a Bulldog would be difficult, but tried to do so anyway.
“I would say that the Milan game my senior year was a stand out memory to me,” said Haag. “We were trying to win our first Tri-Rivers Conference Championship in football. We weren't playing very well, and were down 12-7 on our own 30 yard line with 2:41 remaining. After driving 42 yards, we found ourselves 4th and 9 from their 28 yard line. Luke Austin hit Billy Morris on a 12 yard pass for the first down, and three plays later, we scored with four seconds left on the clock.”
Haag continued: “It was Milan's homecoming, which made it even sweeter. A week later we beat Putnam to secure the conference title. This started three years of undefeated conference championships for the football program.”
After finding success at a smaller college, Haag earned a chance to head to the University of Missouri-Columbia. Haag was a three-time varsity letterman at Mizzou, and was named Third Team All-Big 12 offensive line by both the AP and Coaches.
“I would say the 1996 Kansas game stands out for me,” said Haag. “MU hadn't seen a five-win season in 12 years, hadn't won back-to-back games in four years, and hadn't beaten Kansas in three years. This was the third season of Coach Larry Smith's tenure, and I believe this was the game that got MU football over the hump.”
Haag continued: “After this game Mizzou went to back-to-back bowls, which hadn't been done since 1980 and 1981. Many people didn't realize it at the time, but everyone on the starting offensive unit that day graduated from a Missouri high school. We had some great players on that team, but we played as a team, no one viewed anyone else as more or less important than any other teammate. This is what Coach Smith was trying to build, and I feel it came to fruition that day.”
Haag is married to his wife Deb, and has two sons, Deacon (age 13), and McIntosh (age nine). He has continued his career with two of the three sports that brought him fame at BHS, and has applied lessons from his time as a Bulldog to his career.
“I don't know if anything ever prepares you to be a head coach,” said Haag. “The two main things I got from playing for Coach Brinkley at Brookfield, and Coach Smith at Mizzou were: run a first class program; from the equipment you buy, to how you conduct yourself on and off the field, and play physical football. I believe those two traits can carry you a long way when building or continuing a tradition.”
Haag concluded: “Hopefully we can continue to build upon what we have done in a short time here at Mexico. You can be sure that my program is built off of the great foundation that I learned playing football at Brookfield.”
The QB Club Banquet will sell only 300 tickets, giving each ticket holder a one-in-300 chance to win their $10,000 cash prize. The club has undertaken many projects at Burlington Field, which include: replacing the home sideline’s leaning fence, new concrete on the south end of the stadium, new stairs on the south end of the field, new roofs for the locker room, concession stand, ticket booth, and Dog Pound, a large contribution to the new scoreboard, and a new sound system. The club hopes to add a new entryway to the stadium with future proceeds.