'It was a dream come true to play and coach here on Jim Karn Field,’ Hasz says.
Crookston High School teacher and head baseball coach Ted Hasz has taken a teaching position in Pine City, Minn. His wife Kari and their two children will leave this summer.
"It wasn't an easy decision," Hasz said in an interview with the Times. "It's a big picture, long term thing."
Hasz, a 1993 graduate of CHS, has taught mathematics in Crookston for five years and is in his fourth season as head baseball coach. He taught in Pine City for nine years before coming to Crookston.
"I happened to look at openings out of curiosity," he said. "The application was due the day I saw it. I was able to email it and got my stuff ready quick. I wanted time to think and consider going back there."
Teaching and coaching in his hometown has been a dream come true for Hasz.
"We've enjoyed our time here," he said. "I am happy to have come to Crookston and be here for five years. It was a dream come true to play and coach here on Jim Karn Field. At a certain point you have to do what's best for your family. It's the right time to make this move. We are going to miss a lot of people in Crookston. Crookston will always be a second home. I have nothing bad to say about Crookston at all. It's a great place to be born and raised and a great place to work. It's time for a change and this is the best for our family."
Hasz said it all happened very quickly and they are beginning to prepare for the move.
"On Sunday we decided this was going to be best for our family," he said. "We have to get our house ready for sale. We haven't bought anything there yet. Kari will teach summer school here, but we're not sure if the kids will do Parks and Rec here or in Pine City."
In his five years here Hasz, who has a 29-32 record as head baseball coach, has made several improvements to Crookston baseball as a whole and was heavily involved in the Crookston Baseball Association. He said he will be around to make sure the youth baseball program gets off to a good start and continues growing.
"I feel very good about where we're at," he said. "Crookston baseball is really on the right track. Crookston Baseball Association is a real strong organization. It is tough to leave but at the same time I feel good with what we accomplished. I am leaving the program in very good shape. It is set up to have a lot of success. We have 26 teams signed up for the Cal Ripken Tournament in town. And whoever takes over as head coach will really enjoy it. I've enjoyed my four years."
Hasz was also a junior varsity boys' basketball with the Pirates and he says there is an assistant basketball coach opening in Pine City, but nothing in baseball, which, he said, will leave him time to focus on his son and daughter's teams.
"I have no regrets coming here," Hasz said. "It was a big decision moving here. We are close to my parents and Kari's parents and they have been able to form a good bond with their grandchildren. Both our parents are getting to the retirement age so they will be able to see us for longer periods of time."
Hasz said it was a coincidence that former Crookston Superintendent Wayne Gilman is now the Pine City superintendent.
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