Rob Haberbusch is in his eighth season as the sixth head men's hockey coach at Hamilton College in the program's long history. Haberbusch, who was selected the 2017 NESCAC Men's Hockey Coach of the Year, has won 76 games at Hamilton and owns a 48-20-11 record the last three seasons. He has directed his team to a spot in the NESCAC championship quarterfinals six times, and his players have received 12 all-conference and 68 NESCAC winter all-academic team honors.
In 2017-18 he guided the Continentals to a 15-7-3 overall record and they were ranked as high as fifth in the Division III polls. Hamilton tied for third place in the conference standings and hosted a NESCAC championship quarterfinal for the third straight year. Two of his players made the all-conference team and one collected all-America honors. The Continentals finished second in Division III in scoring defense with 1.68 goals allowed per game and were third on the penalty kill at 91 percent under Haberbusch. Fourteen student-athletes earned a spot on the NESCAC Winter All-Academic Team and one was voted to the Academic All-America Division III Men's At-Large Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for the second year in a row.
The Continentals finished 2016-17 with an overall record of 20-5-4 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2017 NCAA Division III Men's Hockey Championship. Hamilton finished first in the final NESCAC regular season standings at 11-3-4, hosted and played in the NESCAC championship final for the first time, received the program's first NCAA bid and defeated SUNY Oswego in the NCAA first round at Oswego. The Continentals opened the season with an 11-0-2 record. Haberbusch coached the 2017 Division III and NESCAC player of the year in goaltender Evan Buitenhuis '18, and three players made the all-conference team. Buitenhuis was also a first team all-American in the East Region.
In 2015-16 the Continentals finished fourth in the NESCAC standings, hosted a conference championship quarterfinal and posted their first winning season since 2010-11. Hamilton was nationally ranked in late January and early February thanks to an 11-game unbeaten streak that lasted from early December until Jan. 30. Haberbusch had three players on the all-NESCAC team and one on the D3hockey.com all-region team.
Haberbusch guided the Continentals to the 2015 NESCAC championship quarterfinals. One of his players received all-conference honors and another was valedictorian of his senior class. One player was selected to the 2012-13 USCHO Division III All-Rookie Team.
Haberbusch was an assistant at the U.S. Military Academy (Army) from 2003 to 2011 and was named the associate head coach for the Division I program in 2008. He helped guide Army to 83 wins in eight seasons in Atlantic Hockey Association (AHA) play.
In 2007-08 Army won 19 games, including a record of 17-8-3 in the AHA. The 17 Atlantic Hockey victories was the program record in conference play. The team earned the Atlantic Hockey regular season title -- their first championship of any kind in men's hockey -- and reached the semifinals of the conference championship. The team went 17-12-5 overall, including 15-8-5 in the conference, and advanced to the AHA championship game in 2006-07.
While at Army, Haberbusch worked under Rob Riley and Brian Riley. Rob went on to become head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets' AHL affiliate Springfield Falcons, and Brian was the AHA coach of the year in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Haberbusch was part of the Army Athletic Association's coaching staff of the year in 2008 and Army claimed the AHA team sportsmanship award in 2009 and 2010.
Haberbusch played a major role in Army's recruitment of one NHL free agent signee, one all-American, one AHA player of the year, one AHA goalie of the year, one AHA defenseman of the year, 14 all-conference selections and three all-rookie team members. The 2007, 2010 and 2011 AHA Scholar-Athletes of the Year were all recruited by Haberbusch.
Haberbusch was an assistant coach at Iona College for one season prior to his career at Army. He served as an assistant at the University of Findlay from 1997 to 2002. Haberbusch played college hockey at Fairfield University from 1989 to 1993 and was a four-year letter winner at center and left wing.
Haberbusch grew up in Montclair, N.J., and graduated from Fairfield with his bachelor's degree. He earned his master's degree from Findlay. Haberbusch and his wife Molly have a daughter, Shelby.