CLINTON, N.Y. (WKTV) - Rob Haberbusch, the associate head men's ice hockey coach at the U.S. Military Academy (Army) since 2008, has been selected the sixth head coach in Hamilton College men's ice hockey program history.
Haberbusch succeeds Norm Bazin, who was named head coach at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell for its NCAA Division I program in late April after three seasons at Hamilton.
inherits a program that captured first place in the New England Small College Athletic Conference at the end of the 2010-11 regular season.
"I am honored to accept the position of head hockey coach at Hamilton College
"Hamilton's excellent academic reputation, coupled with its storied hockey tradition, made this an easy decision.
I am eager to meet the team and get started.
My family and I are extremely excited to join the Hamilton community."
Haberbusch has been the associate head coach at Division I Army since 2008, and was hired as an assistant coach at the Academy in 2003.
helped guide the team to 83 wins the past eight seasons in Atlantic Hockey Association
This is his
first head coaching job at the collegiate level.
"Rob Haberbusch brings a wealth of coaching experience to the Hamilton men's ice hockey program," Director of Athletics Jon Hind '80 said.
While at Army, Haberbusch worked under Rob Riley, now head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets' AHL affiliate Springfield Falcons, and Brian Riley, who was the Atlantic Hockey coach of the year in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
was part of the Army Athletic Association's
coaching staff of the year in 2008.
claimed the Atlantic Hockey team sportsmanship award in 2009 and 2010.
played a major role in the recruitment of one NHL free agent signee, one All-American, one Atlantic Hockey player of the year, one Atlantic Hockey goalie of the year, one Atlantic Hockey defenseman of the year, 14 all-conference selections and three all-rookie team members at Army
The 2007, 2010 and 2011 Atlantic Hockey scholar-athletes of the year were recruited by Haberbusch
Haberbusch was an assistant coach at Iona College for one season prior to going to Army.
He served as an assistant at the University of Findlay from 1997 to 2002.
played college hockey at Fairfield University
from 1989 to 1993, and was a four-year letter winner at center and left wing.
Haberbusch, who grew up in Montclair, N.J., graduated from Fairfield with a bachelor's degree in political science in 1993.
He earned his master's in education from Findlay in 1999.
wife Molly have a daughter, Shelby.