Brian Haley

Brian Haley
Professor of Education & History
Head Men's Soccer Coach
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Lavely-Shedenhelm Education Center 118

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Head Coach

A three-time Ohio Athletic Conference Coach of the Year recipient, Dr. Brian Haley will be embarking on his 25th season with the Heidelberg men's soccer team in 2013. Haley has guided the Student Princes to 15 winning seasons including eight of the last ten.

In two and a half decades, Coach Haley has collected over 200 victories. Entering the 2013 season Dr. Haley's overall record stands at 218-168-39 with an Ohio Athletic Conference record of 103-91-23. Following the 2012 season, he holds a career winning percentage of .536. His .536 career winning percentage is currently third best among active Heidelberg head coaches.

The highlight of Haley's career came in 2010 when the Student Princes won the first Ohio Athletic Conference regular season title in program history. The 2010 team went 14-4-2 overall and an unbeaten 7-0-2 in the Ohio Athletic Conference.

Haley's 2010 squad garnered two all-region selections, four all-Ohio selections, one Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Year in forward Cory Buhrman and six all-Ohio Athletic Conference selections. It was also the year that coach Haley earned his third Ohio Athletic Conference Coach of the Year award.

Before Haley's arrival in 1989, the Heidelberg program was still attempting to find their identity. Haley spent his first five years at Heidelberg building today's premier soccer program from what had been a mediocre program. The Berg had five straight losing seasons prior to Haley taking over the program, but Brian stepped right in and led the Berg to a winning season in his first campaign at 8-5-3. That season began a journey from out of the basement of the Ohio Athletic Conference.

Other accolades attributed to Haley’s skillful coaching include his 150th win in 2005, followed by his 200th victory in 2010 that came against OAC foe Mount Union on Oct. 16. Haley recorded his best season in 1999 when the Student Princes played to a 17-3 record.  

In 1994, Brian brought a first to the Heidelberg men's program; a national soccer ranking. Haley led the team to an overall record of 10-6-2 and a runner-up finish in the OAC with a record of 5-2-2 and snagged his first league Coach of the Year honor.

In 2012, Coach Haley collected his 100th Ohio Athletic Conference victory over the Yellow Jackets of Baldwin Wallace on October, 9. In the same year, Haley coached the Student Princes to their OAC tournament semifinals match as well. 

To date, Dr. Haley has coached 16 first team all-OAC honorees, two Academic All-Americans, two All-Americans and 21 Academic All-OAC selections.

Prior to being named Heidelberg's head coach in '89, Haley served as the head of the physical education and history departments at the Licensed Victuallers School in England

Personal: Dr. Brian Haley graduated from St Bede's Grammar School in Bradford Yorkshire where he captained his school team while representing his local and county teams. He earned a bachelor of education from Leeds Carnegie where he captained the college team.

Upon graduation Haley worked as a graduate assistant in Kent State University's education department. While at Kent State, he worked as an assistant coach and played professional soccer in the American Soccer League in Cleveland. After completing his master's degree, Haley returned to England to continue his playing career in the East Counties League for Ossett Town and Eccleshill United. He is an English Association Football Coach and holds an Advanced National Diploma (Colorado College, 1996) and the Premier Coaching License (Bloomsburg University, 2006). He also completed his doctorate in education from the University of Toledo in 2000 and teaches several courses in Heidelberg's education department.