Haas getting things started at Becahi
Kyle Haas is back at Bethlehem Catholic and has begun adapting.
The former Northampton head football coach was named the Golden Hawks’ field boss in early January after he guided the Konkrete Kids to a 19-10 overall record in three seasons.
Haas was Becahi’s interim coach in 2016 and produced an 11-4 record on his way to a District 11 Class 4A title and an appearance in the state semifinals, where they dropped a 24-13 decision to perennial Philadelphia power Imhotep Charter.
“It’s going pretty well,” said Haas, who was an assistant at Becahi from 2011-15. “Starting over isn’t something I look forward to. I feel like we are in that feeling-out process.
“Once the kids get comfortable with me, things will be smoother. It’s definitely a little bit of an adjustment for them.”
Haas will look to incoming senior quarterback Jared Richardson, who will be a three-year starter despite being injured early last season. Senior Max Johnson and junior Mel Terry will return in the backfield.
“Richardson is big, fast, and can throw the football,” stated Haas. “I like his demeanor, and he’s a hard worker and extremely focused.
“Both Johnson and Terry have a different style of running. Johnson is a tough between-the-tackles runner and weighs around 220. Terri is lightning in a bottle. He’s a kid who we will move all over to get him the ball as many ways as possible.”
Haas also will look to seniors Ethan Shelton and Tyriek Rivera at fullback, and senior Jake Stoudt and juniors Eric Wert, Jamal Clements, and Jaiden Ellis-Lahey at wide receiver.
Dan Muir will be the offensive coordinator and Nick Artinger will direct the defense. The remainder of the staff already assembled is Chris Gordon, Dan Kendra, Gene Legath, Chuck Sonon, and Fred Rice. Haas is seeking a linebackers coach.
With a solid core, Haas already likes his team’s chances.
“I think we can win a district championship,” said Haas. “The weight room commitment is always key in our program. We can make significant improvements there.”