Branson High School Hires New Head Football Coach

Branson High School Hires New Head Football Coach
Posted on 01/07/2022
This is the image for the news article titled Branson High School Hires New Head Football CoachBranson High School has a new head football coach. Aaron Hafner, head football coach at Olathe Northwest High School, has been hired for the 2022-2023 school year. He replaces Anthony Hays who resigned the position in December.

Hafner is familiar with Southwest Missouri where he started his coaching career at Webb City High School. He served as defensive coordinator during their 2000 State Championship team. Hafner also served as head coach at Republic High School, earning two District Championships. He acquired noteworthy success from his time at William Penn University as offensive coordinator. The Statesmen offense was a top 5 rushing offense in the nation from 2008-2012, and during the 2010 season set a NAIA national record for rushing yards in a season.

The Frontenac, KS native played football at Southwest Baptist for three years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Secondary Education from Pittsburg State University and a master’s degree in Business Leadership from William Penn University. Hafner will teach Physical Education at BHS.

“We are excited to add Aaron and his family to the Branson community,” said David Large, BHS activities director. “We had 55 applicants from 12 different states and Coach Hafner really rose to the top as we went through the process. We are excited to have someone who has had success on both the high school and collegiate level. He is very respected among his peers and known for developing and building programs. Aaron is a great addition as a coach and a teacher for Branson schools, and we are glad to have him as a Pirate.”

Hafner and his wife, Katy, have two daughters; a college graduate, Allie, and a high school senior, Andie.