As a former All-West Jersey and All-Conference honoree at Newton High School and standout at Division 1 Monmouth University, Haberthur brings a wealth of experience to the Golden Eagles.
"Knowing everything the girls go through helps me because I talk to them from experience," said Haberthur, who graduated from college in 2002. "I use drills that I did in high school and college with my players now. They love that they can relate to me as a former player."
As someone who witnessed Haberthur's success on the field during her playing days, Newton High School head coach Lisa Bechtel had nothing but high praises for her former player.
"Kristin will make a wonderful coach," Bechtel said. "She was one of my standouts, a captain. Kristin has a strong work ethic, is passionate about the game and was an outstanding player. She was an excellent athlete and will undoubtedly make a successful coach. She is a fine young woman."
Haberthur replaces former Morris Knolls head coach Amy Ottavinia. She served as an assistant and freshman coach for the Golden Eagles.
"Kristin was great at Newton High School and a Division 1 player at Monmouth University so she certainly knows the game," said Ottavinia. "I've played in leagues with her, too, and seen how good she is. Kristin is hungry and enthusiastic. She's excited about coaching and I'm excited for her."
Entering her first season as head coach, and ninth overall at Morris Knolls, Haberthur and her 10 seniors have already set goals for the upcoming season.
"We want to instill a winning attitude into Morris Knolls field hockey," Haberthur said. "We also want to be above .500 and score more goals this season because last season we had several games that went to overtime."
As a result of the hard work that her team has displayed in their summer captain's practices, as well as the leadership that her seniors have already demonstrated, Haberthur is confident that positive results are on the horizon for Morris Knolls.
"Summer practices have exceeded my expectations and that provides a huge foundation for a successful season," said Haberthur. "The seniors have taken ownership of their team and their work ethic has impressed me already. They are determined to be the best that they can be."