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Foothill JV coach, Greg Haubner, hired as Livermore football coach

By Kyle Bonagura
kbonagura@bayareanewsgroup.com

Livermore High has found its new football coach.

Greg Haubner, who previously served as the junior varsity coach at Foothill, has been hired to lead to the program Livermore principal Darrel Avilla announced Friday.

“I had wanted to be a head coach for some time now, but there weren’t any situations that fit what I was looking for,” Haubner said. “When I heard the Livermore job was open, I thought it was, literally, a great opportunity to become a head coach in the best league in Northern California.”

Haubner, who will remain a teacher at Foothill, served under coaches Matt Sweeney and John Mannion for eight years at Foothill after spending the five previous season as a teacher and coach at California.

“Despite the fact that I won’t be on campus, I will try to be there as much as possible,” Haubner said. “I’m going to do my best to have my face around the campus to help better manage that situation. It’s all pretty exciting.”

Haubner is known for a high-intensity style and said he plans to bring an option-style offense to Livermore, similar to what is run by Navy and Georgia Tech at the college level. Defensively, he said he’ll bring a style similar to what is employed at Foothill.

“I learned a lot from (Sweeney), he’s as good a coach there is in the area. He’s touching on brilliant and coach Mannion has been a good resource too,” Haubner said. “Both those guys have been really, really good to work with.”

He takes over for former coach Mike Profumo, who stepped down after compiling a 2-18 in two years. The Cowboys have not had a winning record in a decade and went just 17-73 over the past nine seasons.

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Side note: I highly doubt there is a coach in the area who gives better pre-game speeches than coach Haubner. He was my freshman football coach at Cal High in 1999 and they are stuff of legend. -Kyle

Kyle Bonagura

Kyle Bonagura is a Pleasanton-based prep sports writer for the Bay Area Newsgroup-East Bay.

  • donut

    so is that EBAL record losing streak. cheers to the ‘boys to get something done about that. granada and amador/foothill gotta watch out when they’re down. didnt livermore beat one of them a few teams the past couple seasons? granada has had some luck against pleasanton schools..

  • junior

    Good choice for Livermore. Haubner’s JV teams the last few years (that I have witnessed) are competitive. He certainly will bring some attitude to the Cowboys- which has been missing for a long time.

    One challenge Haubner faces is on campus recruiting. The football players are there- a number of them are not playing and hopefully Haubner can get them to turn out.

  • Falcon Dad

    Great choice for the Cowboys, sucks for last year’s Freshman Foothill kids. Greg will take what he’s learned from The Best(Sweeney), add it to his strong football background, and produce a winner in the Cowboys. The kids love him, just ask any of them.

    Best of Luck, Mr. Haubner!

  • ManO’War

    Junior, good question on who will show up to the new Livermore team. Word will get out, Haubner is a gem, his intelligence, teams and life lessons approach seriously effective. The excitement is now clearly there for the Livermore program. Interesting to see if it’s a triple option or what he’s got in mind, but I would agree they will beat somebody this year with Haubner figuring it out over there (with whatever talent level decides to show up) real fast. Sounds like Kyle knows, this guy’s a serious winner… Not hard to say, Go Cowboys!

  • goproton77

    Although my kids will go to Granada, best wishes to Greg Haubner as he seeks to fight the good fight at Livermore.

  • renegades10

    well he has a very good athlete in damariay drew who will only be a junior next year. that guy is a stud unfortunately just on a bad team but he played solidly against DLS last year.

  • bigboi

    DREW WIT TWO SCORES= BOSS!!

  • 51

    After playing under Haub, he is simply an amazing coach who has already taken amazing strides in turning around a poor program. If not the 2011 season, the 2012 season will be a special one. The younger kids in the program are talented and haubner is a visionary and quite frankly could be the best coach in ebal. He surrounds himself with the best as well. Mccafferty is one hell of a coach and I wouldn’t be surprised if he was the next head coach of amador. Haubner is a true inspiration to his players and gave us not only lessons in football, but life lessons. The only bad part is that he didn’t get the job back when Profumo got it. The rest of ebal knows lhs is coming and haubner is leading the way. Much love coach and thanks for the best season and year of my life.

  • http://bramedamarco@yahoo.com Nick soto

    Well Greg is one of the best coaches in ebal Livermore is a solid team they just haven’t had the best of coaching staff for the past years. They have a talented run game and they can pass. They have running back damariay drew, ryan tex and also damarco brame for pass game they have joe wood and jack brasher. Also John lazono one of the best corner back’s in ebal. Last year they were a junior heavy team. This should be the breakout season!

  • http://bramedamarco@yahoo.com Tim Sadr

    With greg haubner coaching Livermore high this year they should make play offs. Also with an outstanding run game by the Jr running back Damarco Brame and Damariay Drew they should be a major threat in ebal for the 2011 season!

  • Prep Fan

    Livermore making the playoffs would be a major accomplishment in just Haubner’s 2nd season. He is a solid coach, but I just don’t see it happening, and I would not call them a major threat in the EBAL. I guess if they schedule 3 patsies in the preseason, they would just need 2 wins in league, but when is the last time they won 2 league games and which 2 teams will they beat? Granada and who else? Who did they line up for preseason games for 2011?