By Mick Holien
How is it that famous saying reads? There’s a new Sheriff in town?
That is not to say there is a distinct difference between the program or even the locker room between Bob, as in Stiff, or Bobby, as is Hauck.
But while intense and stringent when Hauck previously held the position for seven years, as he told me in an interview “hey I’m a little different than when I was 38.
Aren’t we all coach, aren’t we all?
For those of you with the lengthy recall Athletic Director Wayne Hogan hired the at that time career assistant after Hauck reportedly blew the doors off the selection process by both the plan he presented and the passion he displayed in laying it all out.
And talk about some big shoes to fill – Joe Glenn departed to Wyoming after just three years, winning the school’s second National Championship and losing just six times, two of which came in the playoffs.
Hauck immediately filled out his coaching staff with a wealth of in-state products and set out on what turned out to be a 7 year term that featured wins in 80 of 97 games and yearly post-season appearances.
Most recently he was an assistant under Rick Newheisel at Colorado and Washington, Terry Donahue at UCLA, and also worked with Steve Axman at NAU.
Former Griz No 37 Kraig Paulson was on the staff along with Fred von Appen, whose son Cody, a former Griez, just caught on at NAU, Rob Phenicie, now the mentor at Idaho State, Ty Gregorak. Now Cat’s D coordinator, Bobby’s uncle Ton, and former high school legend Ron Kowalsksi,.
I wrote about Bobby sitting on the M to greet players getting after it right away and just recently he opened Griz practice to the public.
Initially Mick Delaney had closed practices although several closed access on Griz-Cat week.
But there is little doubt the Hammer has come slamming down.
Last Friday for example with the state B Divisional being contested in Ronan at least one player couldn’t make it north to see his brother play becasuse he was in the midst of team meetings.
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