Chad Haberland
Chad Haberland
Ferris State
Assistant Coach

8th Year

The 2008 softball campaign represents the sixth consecutive year in which Chad Haberland will serve as an assistant on the Ferris State softball coaching staff following a two-year (2001-02) absence.

Five seasons ago, Haberland along with fellow assistant Lesa Bickley served as interim co-head coaches as a result of head coach Keri Becker being called to active military service prior to the start of the 2003 softball campaign.

Haberland, who spent two seasons (1999-00) as an assistant under Becker and one season (1998) as a volunteer, will continue instructing the position players.

In 1999, he along with Becker helped guide Ferris State to its second straight NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional title after winning the Great Lakes Intercolllegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament. As a result, the Bulldogs made their second consecutive NCAA-II National Championship Tourney appearance.

Before Ferris, Haberland spent three seasons (1996-98) as an assistant varsity softball coach at Midland (Mich.) Bullock Creek High School. From 1988-95, he was an assistant varsity softball coach at Sanford (Mich.)-Meridian High. During his tenure at SMHS, Haberland helped the Mustangs to four Jackpine Conference titles, one district and one regional championship.

Haberland has participated in four softball national championships as a player. In 1998, he traveled to Nashville, Tenn., to participate in the Class E Slowpitch National Championships. For three straight years (1992-94), Haberland played in the Class A Modified National Championships.

A 1986 graduate of Sanford-Meridian High School, Haberland was a two-time all-conference selection in baseball, basketball and football. He set a school record for batting average as a senior and was named the team's Most Valuable Player.

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