By Kyle Bonagura
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.
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