Buckeye tabs Haberfield as hoop coach

It’s been quite a couple of weeks for Greg Haberfield.

He and his wife, Angie, just welcomed a baby girl, Madison, into the world and then on Monday night he was hired as the head boys’ basketball coach at Buckeye Local High School during the board of education meeting.

“I am extremely excited for the opportunity to work with these young men,” Haberfield said. “Buckeye Local is a great school that’s supported well by the administration, the parents and public. This is just a great opportunity.”

Haberfield takes over for Jay Morris, who stepped down last month, after three seasons on the job.

“Coach Morris really did a good job of turning the program around and we want to continue to build on what he’s done,” Haberfield said.

The 30-year old spent last season on Morris’ staff as the reserve coach. It was his second coaching job. He was an assistant previously at Anson High School in Wadesboro, N.C., which is about an hour east of Charlotte, for three seasons.

“That was a big school and it’s a different kind of athlete down there,” Haberfield said. “I think we had six or so kids go Division I during the three years I was down there.”

Haberfield headed to North Carolina shortly after finishing his degree in health and physical education from Muskingum University. He’s since completed his Master’s degree in physical education from East Carolina University and is currently working toward his principal’s certification from Salem University.

Haberfield comes to basketball coaching honestly. The 2001 Meadowbrook High School graduate is the grandson of the late legendary boys’ basketball coach Earl Haberfield, who had stops at Wheeling Central, Meadowbrook, Wintersville, Crooksville and Amherst Steele just to name a few.

“If I can be half the coach my grandfather was, I think I’m in pretty good shape,” Haberfield said. “I’ve always wanted to follow in his footsteps. I certainly wish he was still around to see it now that I have the chance. I’ve had a lot of coaches and officials ask me about him when they hear my name, so that’s really cool.”

Getting the job fairly early in the off-season, Haberfield will have an opportunity to be fully involved with the off-season workouts.

“We have to establish an identity for our team,” Haberfield said. “We’re going to take a close look at what we have coming back and build from there. I think we’re going to try to run a little bit more and pressure more. We’ll have to find crafty ways to score. I know we’ll play hard and if we’re able to do the little things, I think we should be okay in the Buckeye 8.”

As for a coaching staff, Haberfield plans on retaining Joe Soos as his varsity assistant and also hopes to maintain his junior high staffs.

“We really started to take a turn for the better and made some positive things happen this past season,” Haberfield said. “We’ve built some positive relationships and we want to continue those. We didn’t want the kids to have to go through a drastic change. Sometimes being the head coach is just a title. It’s about who’s on the staff and how well it works together. So, it’s great to be able to have Coach Soos still on the staff. He’s a great coach and a great asset to the program.”

Haberfield’s wife is the former Angie Delbrugge, who is a 2001 Martins Ferry High School graduate.

Staskey can be reached at sstaskey@timesleaderonline.com