Dave Habegger of the Oregon City School District was one of three individuals inducted into the Ohio High School State Volleyball Coaches Association (OHSVCA) Hall of Fame, bringing the total inductees to 40 since 1988. He was inducted on November 15, 2008 in Wooster, Ohio during the State All-Star dinner and match.
Habegger is a lifetime resident of Oregon School District and graduated from Clay High School. He has been married to his wife, Diane, for 33 years. He has 1 son and 2 daughters, all of who graduated from Clay. Habbeger, has worked for the Oregon School District for 36 years as a teacher for 18 years and most recently as a counselor at Clay.
Habegger actually coached the teams that both of his daughters played on. Shelly, who graduated in 1999, went on to play volleyball in college at Wittenberg University. Kristen, who graduated from Clay in 2003, played college volleyball at Baldwin Wallace .
Habeeger, who is Clay’s all-time winningest coach for girls’ volleyball at Clay served up a record of 420 wins and 155 losses during his 24 year reign. During those 24 years, his teams won 12 league championships, while he won league coach of the year honors 12 times and district coach of the year 4 times. In 1988, he was the state volleyball coach runner-up.
Oregon Board of Education President Jeff Ziviski said “This is such a tremendous honor for Dave and his family. The years of dedication and hard work that it takes to be as successful as he was is unprecedented. I have known Dave for several years, and am not surprised at all by his success and achievements. He has been a great coach and role model for the athletes that have had the opportunity to play for him. He takes the same determination and attitude into the classroom, which also makes him a tremendous resource as a counselor for Clay High School.”
Criteria and selection into the OHSVCA Hall of Fame is not an easy thing to come by, members say. In order to be nominated, an individual must have been a high school girl’s varsity volleyball coach for at least five years in Ohio, must have been a high school or junior high girls coach for a total of 10 years in Ohio and must have been active in the growth or development of girls’ volleyball in Ohio.
The voting process is just as difficult. An individual has to be nominated and have a letter of recommendation from an active or associate OHSVCA member. During the voting period, there is open discussion when the nominee’s accomplishments are debated, then a closed ballot vote takes place. In order to be inducted, the nominee must get approval of 75% of the District Trustees.