MBS hires Halasz to lead Lady Spartans
The Mountain Brook Board of Education on Monday, May 18, approved the hire of Sara Halasz as Mountain Brook High School’s varsity girls head basketball coach. Halasz held the same position for the past four seasons at Pinson Valley High School.
“From the beginning of our search, the administration, athletic department, and advisory committee’s goal was to find a coach that possessed the qualities, characteristics, and attributes we found to be important for this position,” MBHS Athletics Director Benny Eaves said. “Through the interview process, numerous meetings, and extensive conversations with contacts within the basketball coaching community — both locally and nationally — we are confident that we have the right coach in Sara Halasz to direct our program. ”
Halasz enjoyed a stellar playing career from 2008-09 to 2013-14 at the University of New Mexico, where she earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She tallied more than 1,000 points and 500 rebounds as a guard for the Lobos. Following her collegiate career, Halasz played professionally in Germany and the Czech Republic before she started coaching.
“I’m just super humbled and super thankful for the opportunity, and thankful for those who supported me along this journey,” Halasz said. “I can’t wait to get started in Mountain Brook.”
In addition to her wealth of experience, Halasz comes to Mountain Brook with a strong network of mentors that includes NCAA Division I coaches in the Big Ten, SEC, and Mountain West.
“In my discussions with those mentors, she was described as humble, incredibly hard-working, an engaging and encouraging teacher of the game, and a bright star in the coaching profession,” Eaves said.