John Haus Comes Home
Since 1981, Carolina athletics teams have won 27 NCAA titles. By 1994, the Tar Heels had won the
first Sears Cup for overall Division I
sports excellence, and only once since
then has UNC finished outside the top
six for the cup.
But before 1981, UNC was barely on
the NCAA championship map, with the
lone 1957 basketball title. Then the men's
lacrosse team broke out, winning the
1981 national championship. Soon after-
ward, the floodgates opened for women's
soccer, field hockey, women's basketball,
and the two familiar men's basketball
While many people don't realize it,
the lacrosse team, usually overshadowed
by hoops and soccer, brought home four
trophies in a decade.
John Haus ' 83, a standout defenseman
on that 1981 men's lacrosse team, helped
the Heels to the first title in a 14-13 vic-
tory over the Blue Jays ofJohns Hopkins
University. Ironically, 17 years later, Haus
became the head coach of the Blue Jays,
widely considered the nation's most tradi-
tion-laden men's lacrosse team, having
won seven NCAA titles and made a
record 29 straight tournament appear-
ances - the most for any sport at any
But ifyou were to walk through the
halls of Carmichael Auditorium, where a
sketch of Haus as a 1982 First Teanl All-
American hangs, you would discover mat
he now keeps an office there, as the new
head coach of the same team for which
he once played. He left Hopkins, where
he had taken the Blue Jays to the Final
Four the past two years, last year to return
to his alma mater, replacing 10-year Head
Coach Dave Klarmann ' 77.
The decision was not easy for Haus,
the second of seven children who grew
up in Ruxton, Md. The Blue Jays were
among the top teams in the nation,
whereas the Tar Heels had been strug-
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gling, not having won an ACC champi-
onship since 1996. Their most recent
loss to Hopkins was March 30 in Chapel
by a score of 12-4.
Following championships in 1982 and
1986 under Coach Willie Scroggs and in
1991 under Klarmann, Carolina lost some
of its luster during the rest of the 1990s.
Tragedy struck the team in 1995, when
sophomore Kevin Reichardt ' 97 was
killed in an infamous Franklin Street
shooting. Untimely death struck two
other team members - sophomores
Kevin Lawn '01 in 1999 and Matt Kull
'01 in January 2000.
The team suffered. Morale was low,
recruiting tailed off and men's lacrosse in
was in the doldrums. Klar-
mann resigned in June 2000, and now
Haus is back in a place where bom he
and his family have strong ties.
"First and foremost, my wife and chil-
dren felt it was the best spot for us:' said
Haus, who also has a brother in Winston-
Salem."I did leave a very good school and
team, but the UNC program is one of the
premier [teams] in the country, and we
should be that way year in and year out."
Haus began his college coaching
career in 1988 as Hopkins' defensive
coordinator for Head Coach Don Zim-
merman, a former UNC assistant under
1994, he left for Washington
College on the Eastern Shore of Mary-
land, where he led the Shoremen to the
Division III title in 1998. Haus then
became the 21st coach at Hopkins.
"The [UNC] team is obviously not
where it needs to be, and they haven't
been competitive," Haus said. "I kno w it's
a problem, but they've had great coaches,
including Klarmann, who won a national
Scroggs, himself a Hopkins alumnus, is
still in Chapel Hill as senior associate ath-
letics director for operations and remem-
bers recruiting Haus from BaltinlOre's
Loyola High School.
"There were great offensive players, so
then we knew we had to get a defender,"
Scroggs said. "The talk in Baltimore was
that a kid at Loyola was the best defender
there was, so we set our sights on him."
Haus earned the Jay Gallagher Award as
Carolina's top newcomer in 1980.
"One of the goals of our program
was to be the best team at Carolina,"
Shortly after the basketball team lost
to Indiana in the 1981 NCAA finals,
Scroggs had a message for his team.
"Right after that game they lost, I told
my team, they had their chance, now let's
see if we can win one:' he said. "North
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