From recruiting to interviewing for new jobs, former Pittsburg State assistant Jeff Hafer said establishing and maintaining relationships were key to survival.


From recruiting to interviewing for new jobs, former Pittsburg State assistant Jeff Hafer said establishing and maintaining relationships were key to survival.

In a 30-minute public interview session Monday during the first of five on-campus interviews for the Pittsburg State basketball head coaching job, Hafer cited maintained relationships as one of the reasons he was able to come back and apply for the job. He also spoke of the need to maintain and build relationships to bring the basketball program to championship status.

Hafer named a creed of “trust, care and commitment” that would be necessary to carry out his vision for the Pittsburg State job, a creed that he said would apply with staff members, current players and prospective ones.

“I think we can win championships here,” Hafer said.

To do so, Hafer, who played at Missouri, stated the need to get back to his roots learned from Missouri coaches Norm Stewart and Quin Snyder.

“My team will rebound and defend,” Hafer said.

He also said they would play a more up-tempo style of play. To do so, Hafer said the Gorillas would need to get out and recruit in the two months left in the recruiting cycle, pursuing both guards and post players. He said the teams that won the MIAA were typically the squads with the best guards, while Pittsburg State needed to add to its currently empty stable of big players.

“Somewhere, there’s a big 6-foot-8 guy who wants to come to Pitt State,” Hafer said. “We just haven’t met him yet.”