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After 20 years of leading a highly successful Faith Christian boys basketball program, Coach Andrew Hasz is stepping down to assistant coach, citing increasingly challenging responsibiliites as the school's superintendent, a position he assumed in 2017.
Faith alum Abram Ziemer, who played for Hasz from 2003-2007, will take over as head coach.
“I'm grateful to be able to turn the program over to a former player," Hasz said, "but also one who is willing to let me stick around a bit.”
Ziemer said he is looking forward to the head-coaching opportunity, but also to having “one of the best assistant coaches in the state.”
Hasz began head coaching in 1999, and by 2002 he had secured his first of six 3A boys basketball championships (2002, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012). During his tenure, the Eagles appeared in seven state title games and racked up 421 career victories. Faith Christian made it to the State Eight 18 times in 20 years, the Final Four 13 times and won 11 Metro District titles.
The Colorado High School Sports Association named Hasz the 3A Coach of the Year in 2002. He also was inducted in the Metropolitan District Hall of Fame.
“A bittersweet part of this season is thinking back over the 20 years,” Hasz said. “There's some amazing kids that we've coached. And we're so proud of them.”
For Hasz, coaching was so much more than what happened on the court. His favorite part was the relationships with players.
“He was pretty influential, not only as a coach, but he helped me become the man I am today,” said Jordan Stone, a 2009 Faith graduate. “He goes above and beyond what a coach's duties are. I knew I could contact him at any time and he was willing to be open and honest with anything in my life, even beyond basketball. That's what made him such a great coach.”
When Hasz became superintendent of Faith Christian Academy in 2017, his schedule became increasingly challenging. These increased responsibilities influenced his decision to step down as head basketball coach, he said.
Ziemer, 30, played basketball at Colorado Christian University and worked as assistant basketball coach at Jefferson Academy for the past six years. He found a spot on staff at Faith this school year as the high school dean of students and the assistant athletic director.
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