Longtime North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie head football coach Paul Worth has been grooming his replacement, Greg Haberland, for quite some time.
Haberland was a captain on the ‘87 Masconomet team where Worth was the defensive coordinator. The following year Worth coaching the Masco junior high team and Haberland was part of his staff. And when Worth began the North Shore Tech program in ‘94, Haberland was right there with him. Now, Haberland is taking over the program Worth spent the last 20 years building.
It’s safe to say that if anybody understands the values upon which the program was built as well as Worth, it’s Haberland.
“I have big shoes to fill. He’s (Worth) built quite the legacy,” said the 44-year-old Haberland. “It’s surreal but I’m not intimidated. I’m honored. I’ve been with the man for a while so my style is pretty much his style.”
Haberland had to leave coaching for a few years because he had two young daughters. When he returned to the gridiron, Worth had no room on his staff so Haberland landed a job as the defensive coordinator at Lynnfield. After Haberland’s five successful seasons with the Pioneers, Worth finally got his man back and the Bulldogs were once again sound defensively.
“He’s got football in his blood,” Worth said of his successor. “He has a knack for understanding the game. As I was getting older it was nice to be able to have the luxury of a guy I didn’t have to check in on.”
It isn’t just the time Haberland spent under Worth’s tutelage that’s put him in the perfect position to lead next year’s Hawks. When Haberland was the defensive coordinator for the Pioneers, Lynnfield head coach Neil Weidman tasked him with mastering the 30-stack defense.