Only the seventh coach in Springfield's long tradition-rich soccer program, Haley has been the head men’s soccer coach at Springfield College for the past 27 years. He is a veteran of college coaching for the past 31 years, including four years at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn.
Haley has been a mainstay of the Springfield College soccer program for over 30 years. In addition to his 27 years on the sidelines, Haley was the first of only two players in the program’s history to be named a team captain three times as he played from 1973-1977.
“Peter Haley has been an integral part of this athletic department for many years,” said Springfield College Director of Athletics Cathie Schweitzer, “and we will miss his devotion and loyalty. Peter has contributed in so many ways to Springfield College. He is truly one of our more thoughtful and respected coaches.”
Haley is leaving the Springfield coaching ranks after one of his more satisfying years. He finished the 2011 season with a mark of 10-5-4, winning the conference and thus earning the automatic NCAA Tournament qualifying berth from the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference.
When asked what it is that he will miss the most in coaching, Haley replied, “It will definitely be the player-coach relationships that develop over time and the feeling of togetherness and family. I will also miss that feeling of euphoria that comes from those special wins that come around every once and a while. And finally, I will miss not being able to have quite the affect I have had in the past as a coach and mentor on so many young people's lives."
Haley ended his coaching career with more than 200 victories. In his last two years, he finished 22-13-5.