St. John's passes reins to a new generation
St. John's named John Haws head soccer coach on Friday, May 7. Haws becomes the seventh head coach in the 44-year history of Johnnie soccer and replaces his father, Pat Haws, who announced his retirement in April following 37 years with the SJU athletic department.
A 1999 graduate of St. John's, Haws was named All-MIAC honorable mention as a senior in '99. He also served as head boys' soccer coach at St. John's Prep while playing his senior season with the Johnnies that fall. Haws graduated that December and has served as an assistant coach for the past 10 seasons.
"To be trusted to coach and mentor the quality student-athletes that St. John's University attracts is an honor I do not take lightly," Haws said. "I will do everything within my power to help the young men on the soccer team develop into champions on and off of the pitch. This is a thrilling time for me and my family."
Haws has earned the NSCAA Premier Badge as well as the USSF National "B" License. He was named the director of coaching and player development for the Central Minnesota Youth Soccer Association this spring and will complete his master's degree in sports management from St. Cloud State University this summer.
"John came through a very rigorous and competitive search process with many qualified candidates," SJU athletic director Tom Stock said. "Members of the Johnnie soccer team, members of the SJU athletic department and the search committee were very supportive of John being the next head soccer coach at St. John's."
"Like his grandfather, Terry, and father, Pat, I know he will leave a great legacy to Johnnie soccer and to St. John's. We are thrilled for John and the entire Haws family on his appointment to the SJU head soccer coach position."
Pat Haws guided the Johnnies to a 341-140-50 (.689) record and a 218-77-31 (.716) MIAC record with seven regular-season conference titles and one MIAC playoff championship during his tenure. He was named the MIAC Coach of the Year in 1986 and 1989 and the NCAA Division III Midwest Region Coach of the Year in 1986. In 2005, he became the first soccer coach in MIAC history to win more than 300 matches. His teams finished first or second in the MIAC 15 times.
Terry Haws led the SJU wrestling team for six seasons from 1967-73 and compiled a 65-9-2 dual record with three MIAC conference titles (1971, 1972 and 1973) and two National Catholic College team championships (1971 and 1972). He was named National Catholic College Wrestling Coach of the Year in 1972 and was posthumously honored with the 2008 Lifetime Service Award from the Minnesota Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
The Johnnies ended the 2009 season with a 5-11-2 overall record and a 1-8-1 record in the MIAC. Six of the 11 losses, including four conference losses, were decided by one goal. SJU returns seven of its top nine scorers from last fall. Haws' Johnnies begin the 2010 season at Minnesota-Morris on Sept. 1.