Bob Haas, winning streak honored by hall of fame

Basketball and Bob Haas are synonymous in Willard.
Joe Centers
May 30, 2012


EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is an excerpt from Joe Centers' column, which was published in Tuesday's Reflector.

Basketball and Bob Haas are synonymous in Willard.

For 22 years, Haas prowled the sidelines as the Crimson Flashes ruled the Northern Ohio League (NOL) and Northwest Ohio. Under Haas, Willard went 441-74 overall and 292-34 in the NOL. His teams won 15 straight sectional titles, beginning with the 1973-74 season and the Flashes appeared in three Final Fours — 1980, ‘82 and ‘84.

His name is on the floor in the Robert L. Haas Gymnasium at the school.

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Mr. Haas,

You are a legend ! Willard Schools haven't been the same since you left. I graduated in 1980 from Willard, with such pride in the quality of education I received and the pride I felt in our sports programs! You were respectful at all times, tough at times, and soft hearted when needed. Everyone in turn respected you, and what a fantastic job you did! I am a firm believer that there is talent everywhere, it is how and who develops that talent that make an athlete or team successful, or in your case.... the best. It is all due to you, Mr. Haas. Thank you also to your family for the sacrifices they made season after season so you could devote the time and attention to give Willard High School alumni these memories that will last a lifetime.


Yes, there is talent everywhere. It's especially nice when some high profile talented players transfer into the Willard system. I'm not saying Willard didn't have the best program in the area but the players that transferred in during that period made them state level talent.


Can't be big time part time.

Sit n Spin

Sourgrapes gossipinnorwalk ? How is this any different than the Catholic Schools in the state of Ohio ? How many kids transferred to Willard during that 69 game winning streak ? I can answer that....NONE. They were all homegrown Willard boys !!!!!

believe it

I bet you think Nolan Robinson was a transfer huh? lol

former local

It also helps when you have a center who is 6-11!

Kottage Kat

What years was Coach Haas at Monroeville? Thank you Kat

Sit n Spin

0, he never coached there.

Kottage Kat

Thank you, was trying to remember the name of the coach when they went to the state. Kat


No sour grapes at all. As I stated Willard was the best in the area. I believe Nolan Robinson was always from Willard, he only played in Norwalk for the 1 year.

Tony and Troy Ausperger were transfers into the Willard system during this winning streak. Again, coach Haas is probably the best coach this area has ever seen in basketball.

Sit n Spin

That would be Tony and Tosh Augspurger and they "transferred" to Willard when they were in middle school when their parents accepted teaching positions within the area. The "transfers" you speak of (kids that were already in High School) occurred in the mid to late 80's

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run for the hills

Dave Augspurger was the coach's name.

Kottage Kat

runfor the hills, Thank you, I appreciate that. Was wracking my brain trying to think of his name. That was an exciting season. Kat


Coach Haas, I have has the pleasure of knowing you personally from childhood through now. You are a great man and I am so happy that you are getting this recognition! You and Sandy are wonderful people!

Kottage Kat

Willard has been blessed. Glad to hear wonderful news coming out of Willard with all the headlines of late. Congrats Coach Haas on a well deserved honor. Kat

Cliff Cannon

Sorry to see 'transfers' become part of this story about a man who accomplished his dreams. What is missing in the 'transfer' discussion is this-----who wouldn't want to be a part of something so fun as well as successful as Coach Haas' teams ?

From a devoted Norwalk fan----thanks again Coach Haas. Please know your lesson's on how to lead a successful life,equal or perhaps, excede your incredible basketball accomplishments


VERY well said Cliff!!!!!


What a pleasure to have watched you Coach Haas. Enjoy your retirement