February 10, 2014

Associate AD Haas Departs University for Position Within Community

CORPUS CHRISTI – Associate Athletics Director Arthur Haas of the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Department of Athletics has resigned to take a position within the community, Director of Athletics Scott Lazenby announced today. Haas was one of the first staff members for Islanders Athletics and has been with the program for 14 years.

“Arthur’s passion for and dedication to Islanders Athletics are as strong as anybody’s in this department and this community,” Lazenby said. “We know this was an incredibly difficult decision for him, and we respect his decision to move into a new role in this community that he loves so much. His service to Islanders Athletics over the years was tremendous, and I know we would not be where we are today without his dedication to our department.”

Haas joined the staff in 1999 and elevated all the way to Associate Athletics Director for Development. In his most recent role, the lifelong Corpus Christi native oversaw the Islander Athletic Fund, the primary fundraising arm for the Islanders.

“This community and this athletics department are so special to me, and I can’t begin to put my feelings in words,” Haas said. “From the great games to the championships to the memorable moments – it all will be with me for the rest of my life. But most of all the memory of all the student-athletes, who brought greatness to our university while also receiving a first-class education, will be what I hold most dear going forward. They are what make working in college athletics truly special.

“I’m extremely proud of where our program is today and we have a strong group of hard working and dedicated coaches in place,” he added. “I was fortunate to begin my intercollegiate athletics career under Dan Viola, one of, if not the hardest working people I’ve known in my life. Additionally, I’ve worked for two very talented leaders in Dr. Furgason and Dr. Killebrew. I’m confident in Scott’s plan to lead Islanders Athletics in the coming years.

“In addition to the wonderful memories on the court and playing fields, I’ll also cherish the numerous friendships with former Tarpon and Islanders athletes, alumni, and fans of Islander Athletics. It’s been a wonderful ride.”

A national search for Haas’ replacement will begin immediately.

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