First year coach Shane Haak has Warriors on the rise | wiscnews.com

TomM
December 1, 2015 13:44

First year coach Shane Haak has Warriors on the rise | wiscnews.com

First year coach Shane Haak has Warriors on the rise

Sean Davis sdavis@capitalnewspapers.com, 608-745-3512

The impact a coach can have and the lessons he or she can teach to a student-athlete are staggering. That’s especially true in the case of first-year Portage wrestling coach Shane Haak.

After growing up being coached by his father, Haak said those two things are the reasons why he pursued a career in coaching.

“Coaching is where I saw I could make an impact on kids,” Haak said. “It can have a tremendous impact on students and the lessons they learn aren’t just lessons important in sports, but also in life.”

Haak grew up around coaching, with father and current Portage High School Activities Director Tim Haak coaching him in both football and wrestling at Harvard (Ill.) High School.

After graduating in 2008, Haak attended Monmouth (Ill.) College where he played football for the Fighting Scots. However, he found his way back to the wrestling mat during his junior and senior years of college.

Haak coached as an assistant at Monmouth-Roseville (Ill.) High School and later became the head wrestling coach at Woodstock (Ill.) North High School for one year before moving to Madison in 2013 and being hired as a physical education teacher at Portage High School this year.

“It was good to be coached by him growing up,” Haak said. “But it was also important to coach at other places so I could develop my own philosophy as well.”

Haak added: “Looking back on it, the lessons I learned from him as a coach are some of the things we’re trying to do here. The way those lessons shaped me as a person, I hope I can do that for other athletes and shape them in a positive way.”

Now at the helm of the Warriors, Haak is injecting both philosophies into a Portage program on the rise.

According to Haak, the program’s success and big changes are going to come from a team standpoint first.

“If you develop a good team, individual success will develop from that,” Haak said. “We’re focusing on that and just competing and working hard in practice each day.”

TomM
December 1, 2015 13:44
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