John Halas, Assistant Coach

HalasContact Information:
jhalas@amherst.edu
413-542-2069 (office)

John Halas joins the Lord Jeff coaching staff for the 2009-10 season. Although he is making his collegiate coaching debut, Halas brings a wealth of playing experience to the program. A 2005 graduate of fellow NESCAC school Trinity College, Halas was a two-time captain of the Bantam men’s basketball team. He holds the program record for steals in a season (69) and is the school’s all-time leader in three-pointers (208), and ranks third all-time in steals (203) and 14th in points (1,213). As a senior, Halas was named to the All-NESCAC Second Team. He graduated with a major in political science and a concentration in political theory.

After a successful career with the Bantams, Halas played in the American Basketball Association for the Harlem Strong Dogs, leading the team in steals and three-point field goal percentage en route to a division championship. After a brief stint with the United States Basketball League’s Brooklyn Kings, Halas played in the Premier Basketball League for the Rochester Razorsharks. He is among the Razorsharks’ leaders in games played, assists, steals and three-pointers.

Halas is continuing his family’s coaching tradition, as he is the great-great nephew of NFL Hall of Fame coach and owner of the Chicago Bears, George Halas, as well as the son of New England Basketball Hall of Fame coach, Wally Halas. While coaching for the Lord Jeffs, Halas will be attending UMass-Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management to pursue a master’s degree in sport management.