Congratulations to Wooster High School football coach, Doug Haas, for reaching an impressive career milestone of 100 wins (now 101 after the Wooster Generals defeated the Louisville Leopards on Friday, Oct. 2) as a head high school football coach.
Coach Haas is in his 18th season as a head coach and his eighth season as the head coach of the Wooster High School football team. He began his coaching career in 1994 as an assistant coach for St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. He also previously worked as the head coach at Cloverleaf High School, Triway High School and Rittman High School as well as an assistant coach for The College of Wooster.
“It is special (reaching this milestone), obviously, but it probably speaks to my longevity or my age more than anything else,” humbly joked Coach Haas. “But honestly, it has allowed me to reflect on my 18 years of coaching and building relationships with kids and coaches, and just like Woody Hayes said when he coached at Ohio State, is that ‘you win with people,’ and so this is certainly not about me, but it’s about the teams and coaches that I have had the privilege and the honor to work with over the past 18 years.”
Coach Haas describes being a football coach as a “calling,” and says it is not about winning or losing but creating lasting relationships. He views his true success not by his winning record but by seeing his past players become good citizens and good fathers. Coach Haas believes he is able to achieve that goal by demanding a lot from his players but by always putting them first and by just being himself. Coach Haas has proved that by being his self, he is a great role model and example for his student-athletes.
“Coach Haas’ achievement of 100 wins is a milestone for football history at Wooster High School,” said Joe Rubino, director of athletics for Wooster City Schools. “Being at a school that is rich and storied in football history makes this achievement all the more meaningful. Our athletic department and school district are extremely proud of Coach Haas, and we feel blessed beyond compare to have one of the best football coaches in the state of Ohio as a General. Through the years, his commitment, hard work and sacrifice have served as examples to the young men of our program who have learned not only how to win from Coach Haas but also how to grow through the adversity that football offers to reveal the grit of being a General.”
Under the leadership of Coach Haas, the Wooster High School Generals are having a great season this year, starting with a 6-0 winning record. Currently, they are leading the Ohio Cardinal Conference with five conference wins. Coach Haas and his Wooster Generals have a first-round bye in the playoffs but will host the winner of Olentangy Berlin v. Whitehall-Yearling game on Oct. 16.
“I really couldn’t do it without the support of my family!” said Coach Haas. “I am truly grateful for my wife and my family – they are all about Wooster football! I want to thank my family for their love and support.”