Park's Juba earns George Haun Award from state coaches associationPark's Greg Juba is one of two coaches in the state of Minnesota to earn the George Haun Award from the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association this year.
By: Patrick Johnson, Sports Editor, South Washington County Bulletin
Park's Greg Juba is one of two coaches in the state of Minnesota to earn the George Haun Award from the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association this year, according to a release from Park High School.
Juba, a math teacher at Park, is the head girls soccer coach, assistant boys basketball coach and head girls golf coach at Park.
The award is given in honor of George Haun, who was the founder and first president of the MSHSCA, and is given to coaches who make significant contributions to the coaches association and high school sports in general.
Juba is very deserving of this award. He is in his 30th year of coaching girls soccer at Park. He is the only girls soccer coach in the history of the school. His teams have gone to the state tournament six times, and won the state championship in 1990. The Park team also took second place in 1989 and was a semi-finalist in 1988 and 1992. Besides the state participation, his teams were section runner-up seven times, conference champs six times, and were second in the conference on ten occasions. His record going into this soccer season was 385 wins, 147 losses, and 46 ties.
Juba is very involved at the state and national levels with the soccer coaches association. He is a member of the executive board and coaches advisory committee, director of the annual coaches clinic, liaison for the state tournament and chairman of that banquet and presenter to the MSHSL on rule changes. He is also the tournament manager for the Section 3 boys and girls tournaments.
Juba has won numerous awards throughout his career, including section, state, and region coach of the year in soccer and state assistant coach of the year in basketball.
Art Downey, the legendary swim coach from Edina High School, is the other recipient of the Haun Award this year. The award will be presented at the Coaches Association Hall of Fame banquet on Oct. 8.