When Mike Haughey told his football team recently that he was stepping down as Terriers head coach, he knew it was all for the best, but the Del Val skipper also knew he had continued a legacy, while leaving one of his own.
In seven seasons at the helm, he never had a sub-.500 season, going 5-5 his first three years, then 22-10 the next four en route to a an overall 40-25 mark. That’s his own legacy.
But it followed five seasons as defensive coordinator under Mike Columbo – who’s now at Immaculata – and extended a streak of .500 or better football that now stands at 18 seasons.
He’s not really leaving Alexandria, though. He’s taken another teaching job, the time constraints of which would conflict with the year-round, constant grind of football. And Haughey never does anything halfway.
Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko talk with Mike Haughey about his decade-plus involved with the Del Val footbal program: