LISBON – Matt Haddy is leaving Lisbon after six years to take the head boys’ basketball coaching job at Independence, he said Wednesday.
Haddy led Lisbon to its first state tournament in 2012 and also was an assistant coach for the Lions as they won the 2011 Class A state football championship.
“I was at Lisbon for six years. It was a great run there and it was very hard for me to say goodbye to a lot of people there,” Haddy said. “Obviously getting to the state tournament was a great accomplishment for the program here. I couldn’t be prouder of the program that we built at Lisbon and I know that it will continue to be a competitive program for years to come.”
Independence went 1-21 this past season.
“The opportunity at Independence is one that I am excited about,” Haddy said. “There is a new school being built and our basketball facilities will be second to none. Coaching in the WAMAC is something that I have wanted the chance to do, especially since I played in that league at Marion. Obviously we have our work cut out for us. I think there are pieces in place for us to be successful at Indee, but its going to take a lot of hard work and Im excited to get started with it. The biggest goal will be to develop a winning mentality again. We will have to teach the kids how to win again and then grow from there.”
Haddy will be activities marketing and fundraising coordinator at Indee in addition to his coaching duties.