This morning, as I was preparing for this week’s column, I was able to sit down and talk to 1978 Warrior graduate and standout athlete Tim Haban. What a treat it was.
I look forward to meeting former Warriors who played for Del Norte during the years I was gone from Crescent City, and meeting Tim was special. I was told last year by Jim Costillo, who was Tim’s head football coach, that I needed to meet this gentleman as he was someone I would really have enjoyed coaching. How right Jim was.
Tim was a multi-sport athlete while a Warrior, but football was his specialty. He was involved in the basketball and track programs during his first three years at Del Norte. He was part of the Warrior football program all four years.
During his first three years Tim was a running back and a good one. He was one of the fastest players in the league. In Tim’s senior year he moved to wide receiver and instantly became the top receiver in the league in yards per catch. He was one reception short of having the most catches of any receiver in the league.
The top receiver caught 36 passes for 410 yards total; Tim caught 35 passes for 771 yards total. In this coach’s mind, there is no question which of these players he would rather have.
Tim was also an outstanding kick returner. At the season’s end, Tim earned a White Star, which meant he was selected first team all Humboldt Del Norte League. He was also voted by his teammates as their most valuable player and also selected as the most outstanding offensive player.
I had the chance to talk to Stacy Morgan, who was the quarterback throwing passes to Tim. He said that “Tim really made me look a lot better than I was.”
Stacy was the White Star quarterback for the league. What really impressed me about Stacy’s comments was when he said that while Tim was a great player, he was an even greater teammate. He would go out of his way to make every player on the team feel “important.”
This is a character trait that every coach loves to have in a team’s top athlete. I know why coach Costello said that I would love to coach this guy.
When talking to Tim, he said that he went to work in the construction industry the day after graduation, which is something he does to this day. In 1988 Tim started his own business, Tim Haban construction, a business he still operates.
Tim is married and has two daughters, one in college and one in the veterinary business. As I sat and talked to Tim there was a sparkle in his eyes and a smile on his face that just made you feel good. I think I would have not only liked to coach him, I would have liked to play on the gridiron with him. He was enjoyable to talk to.
Dick Trone writes on his reflections and the history of Del Norte High Warrior sports. Trone, who played football for the Warriors and graduated in 1951, had an illustrious career on the gridiron at Humboldt State University. Trone was head football coach at Del Norte High for a number of years before retiring.