JOPLIN, Mo. – Joplin head basketball coach Jeff Hafer has resigned as the leader of the program.
Hafer is a Joplin High School graduate, and played collegiately at Mizzou.
“It’s something that I’ve been thinking about, for really the last year,” Hafer says, “It’s tough. Basketball has been such a huge part of my life. I’ve had the privilege of coaching at my alma mater and coaching some amazing kids and some amazing athletes. It’s going to be strange, but it became apparent to me…that it was time to move on.”
Hafer says there were many factors that went into the decision, including being able to watch his own kids play.
“My oldest son is in college and he’s playing a little but. My daughter is going into her senior year and my youngest is a sophomore. I want to be able to watch them more than I’ve been able to. I’ve spent a lot of time investing in other kids, and I want to do that with my own,” Hafer says, “On top of that, I’ve had a couple different medical issues. Everything is OK, but it got me thinking about some of the other things that I’ve been wanting to do. That kind of made the decision for me.”
After sevens seasons that saw him win two district championships at Joplin, Hafer is excited to move on, and happy with where he has left the program.
“I knew when I left, I wanted the program to be a good spot,” Hafer finishes, “There’s a good nucleus of guys coming back, and I definitely think it’s an attractive job for someone looking for a head coaching position. I’m really grateful to all the coaches and players we’ve had who have helped us build the success we’ve had the last seven years.”