Lamar University Asst. to take over helm
Moberly Area Comm. College has announced that Hana Haden has been named the new Head Women’s Basketball Coach. Haden spent the past season as Asst. Women’s Basketball Coach at Division I Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas where she helped them capture the Southland Conference regular season championship with a record of 22-8 and 17-1 in the league. Before that, she was the head coach at NAIA Harris Stowe University in St. Louis for two seasons, 2015-17, where she produced back-to-back 19 win seasons. These were the first back to back winning seasons since 1986-88 at Harris Stowe and her last season there defeated three nationally ranked teams. She also was very effective off the court as evidenced by a 3.1 team gpa and 100% graduation rate. Her previous coaching job was under former Lady Greyhound Coach Katie Vaughn at University of Missouri at St. Louis for the 2014-15 season.
Haden is a native of Springfield, Missouri where she played her high school basketball at Kickapoo High School. After a successful playing career at Mineral Area College in Region 16, she received a scholarship to NCAA Division I Western Carolina University where she played for two seasons.
“We had an excellent pool of candidates who had interest in our position,” said Athletic Director Pat Smith, “however, our committee was just so impressed with Hana’s personality, passion for the game, complete understanding of what she wanted to accomplish and having a game plan for Lady Greyhound Basketball. I truly feel we have hired one of the real up and coming coaching stars in this business and just so excited to have her joining the Greyhound family. Coming off just an unbelievable season for the Lady Hounds and the great coaching job by Chad Killinger, feel we have the person in place to continue the success.”
Haden replaces Chad Killinger who lead MACC to a 32-1 record, region 16 and district championships along with a berth in the NJCAA National Tournament in Lubbock, Texas. Killinger left Moberly to become an assistant coach at NCAA Division I East Carolina University. Smith stated that Haden would be coming to Moberly as soon as possible to begin her responsibilities.