East Penn Press

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Haas selected to take over Emmaus baseball program

Monday, December 24, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in Sports

Two months ago, Mike Mihalik stepped down as the coach of the Emmaus baseball team when he took the position as supervisor of secondary curriculum for the East Penn School District. The demands of the job just aren’t compatible with full-time coaching duties.

Pending board approval, Jeremy Haas, an assistant under Mihalik, will take over as the head coach for the 2019 season.

Haas played high school ball at Southern Lehigh and was a four-year varsity player. Collegiately, Haas played at George Mason University and was a center fielder, taking a starting role for two seasons.

Prior to joining the staff under Mihalik, he spent three seasons as the outfield and hitting coach at Southern Lehigh.

Emmaus athletic director Becky George confirmed the hiring of Haas and pointed out that she is excited about having offered the position to someone who is familiar with the team and worked under Mihalik. She stressed that nothing is official until Haas would be confirmed by the school board at a meeting in January, but there aren’t expected to be any delays or issues.

“I’m really happy for Mike,” said George of former coach Mihalik shortly after his resignation. “He was successful with the program and I know it was very important to him, but his new position is going to take a lot of time and I’m happy for him to have gotten that career opportunity.”

Mihalik took over the program from John Schreiner prior to the 2015 season and went 57-32 with the team, reaching the District 11 playoffs in each season. The Hornets reached the district semifinals in the spring of 2017 and in two other seasons made it to the quarterfinals. In 2016, the Hornets lost in the first round of districts, the only season under Mihalik that they failed to reach at least the quarterfinal round.

Prior to coaching at Emmaus, Mihalik had played college ball at the University of Delaware and was drafted by the Phillies in the 40th round of the 2004 Draft. After playing in the minor leagues for one season, Mihalik returned to the Lehigh Valley and eventually joined the coaching staff at Southern Lehigh for eight seasons prior to becoming the head coach of the Hornets.