The Clinton County R-III School District has found the next head coach of the Plattsburg Tigers football team.
The district has tabbed Brandon Boswell as the program’s next leader, replacing the outgoing Ross Rosenbaum, who is set to leave the district at the end of the school year. Boswell will be Plattsburg’s fifth head coach in six years.
A native of Chillicothe, Mo., Boswell played high school football from 1999 to 2002, then went on to play college football at Division II Missouri Western, where he recalled the chance to compete alongside Plattsburg greats Joey Harris and J.R. Graham.
Boswell began his coaching career in Trenton, working with the middle school and high school programs for four years before accepting the head coach position at Trenton High School in 2014. In five seasons at the helm, Boswell’s teams went 23-28, including a pair of winning seasons in 2015 (7-3) and 2016 (7-4). His 2016 team also won its district opener in 2016, the program’s only postseason victory since Missouri moved to a district tournament format in 2012.
Boswell stepped down as the head coach of Trenton after the 2018 season and joined the staff at South Harrison the following year, helping the team to back-to-back GRC 11-man championships, as well as a district title in 2019.
“I’ve continued to have the desire to be a head football coach since I left Trenton in 2019, but knew I needed some time away from it to reflect and improve,” Boswell said. “These last two years getting to coach under Chris Schoning at South Harrison have helped me do just that.”
The coach cited several reasons he and his family were attracted to the Plattsburg job, including a close friendship with current Plattsburg coach and teacher Cody Denton and his family. Bowell said that the Dentons really sold them on the community and the school district. He added that he has gotten to know athletic director Kemper Kellerstrass through wrestling and has heard nothing but great things when it comes to working for the administration at CCR-III.
Boswell added that the facilities and the talent of the student-athletes added to his decision.
“In assessing the current state of Plattsburg’s football program and talking to people close to the situation, stability is something I believe I can really help the program with,” he said. “Stability is something that is important to me and my family. We want to invest and raise our two boys in one community. If Plattsburg will have my family and I for the long run, we would be very grateful.”
Boswell takes the reins of a program that has managed to tread water through near-constant transition in recent years. Despite going 23-31 in the last five seasons, the Tigers have had a winning record (6-5) in postseason play. The outgoing Rosenbaum was 8-11 in two seasons and was the first coach since Ronnie Musser in 2016 to stay at Plattsburg for more than one season. Perhaps most noticeably, participation numbers have dwindled in the last decade.
Boswell said that he’s aware of the program’s struggles, and was asked during his interview how he would convince student-athletes that he plans to stay long-term. He said there’s nothing he can say that will make that case, but rather he’ll need to show them through his actions.
“I coach because of the relationships and the opportunity to impact the lives of the people I come in contact with,” the coach said. “This is what matters to me and my family. I know that it will take time to earn the trust of the kids at Plattsburg, but I am willing to take the time to do it. To me, love is the greatest motivator. If the kids know that you care about them, they will likely want to play for you. That doesn’t mean that there won’t be struggles and that we will have 40 kids out my first season, but over time, I have faith that our numbers will grow.”
Boswell went on to say that they’ll need to establish standards and expectations, then hold themselves accountable in striving for those goals.
“There will be days that we fall short, but if we are willing to invest in relationships with one another and call each other up to those standards and expectations, there is no doubt in my mind that we can become the best version of ourselves,” he said. “I’m ready to serve Plattsburg’s kids and community. I’m willing to do the work.”
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