Haugens steps down as Hampshire girls coach
HAMPSHIRE – Hampshire girls basketball coach Ed Haugens, one of the area’s most successful girls or boys coaches, has resigned his position.
Haugens, who was 205-100 in 10 seasons between Jacobs and Hampshire, felt the demands of basketball were taking too much time away from his family.
Haugens took Jacobs to the IHSA Class AA State Tournament Elite Eight in 2004. In his three seasons at Hampshire, the Whip-Purs won two Class 3A regionals and one Fox Valley Conference Fox Division championship.
“Unfortunately, right now, I cannot dedicate myself to all the duties and responsibilities I feel are required with running a program in a manner I feel it needs to be run,” Haugens said. “Because of this, I feel that it’s in the best interests of the program to step down. Being a head coach is a year-round job, and because of this, I feel like I’m missing out on my own child’s life.”
Hampshire lost to Burlington Central, 36-26, in the Class 3A Burlington Central regional semifinal Wednesday. Haugens’ team was 11-15 this season.
“We will miss Ed’s leadership and enthusiasm for the game,” Hampshire principal Chuck Bumbales said. “I have always admired Ed’s passion and commitment to his school and program.”
Hampshire athletic director David Hicks feels Haugens leaves with the Whips’ future looking promising. Two freshmen and a sophomore were integral players this season and the freshman team also was strong.
“I enjoyed working with him and know he is leaving the program with a strong nucleus for the next coach,” Hicks said.
Haugens appreciated the opportunity to work at Hampshire as coach.
“I can’t say enough about how I appreciate the support I’ve received from Mt. Bumbales and Mr. Hicks,” he said. “There is no better place to teach and coach than Hampshire High School. I would also like to thank my assistant, Andrew Lindley, for all the time and energy he has put in with me.”
Haugens will remain at Hampshire as a math teacher.