Former coach Haurberg shares thoughts on move

GateHouse News Service

Clay Haurberg finds himself in a “weird situation,” as he calls it.

Haurberg was asked to resign last week as Galva’s boys basketball coach and now could play a role in choosing his successor.

Haurberg was asked to step down because some people close to the program had problems with his coaching style, he said.

“My sideline demeanor, I suppose,” Haurberg said. “They thought my image on the sideline wasn’t what they wanted it to be for someone from Galva. I think they thought I was too hard on the kids.”

Haurberg, who coached the Wildcats for five seasons and compiled a record of 44-96, called his coaching style “fiery” but said he’s never cursed at one of his players.

The agenda for the Galva School Board’s July 21 meeting indicated that Haurberg would also resign from his post as high school athletic director, but he didn’t step down from that position.

“Initially I was going to do both (boys basketball coach and AD), but I didn’t understand why they wanted me to,” Haurberg said. “When I met with the board, they treated me with respect. I didn’t feel badly about it. I walked away feeling good.”