Mike Haston was named head coach for the Griffins' 2013 season, making 2018 his sixth season at the helm. Haston previously served as assistant coach for the Griffins since 2007. Haston has been with the men's volleyball program for its duration in the NCAA (10 years).
The Griffins concluded the 2018 season with a program-record 19 wins. Zach Rothstein was named to the MCVL All-Conference First Team and was named Defensive Player of the Year. He led the nation in digs per set (3.34) and as a team the Griffins finished first among NCAA Division III teams in digs per set.
The Griffins finished the 2017 season on a high note, winning their final six games of the season as the team finished 15-11 overall and 9-10 in MCVL play. That conference record is the highest win percentage in the history of the program. Fontbonne narrowly missed postseason play, tying for third in the East Division. Fontbonne finished second among NCAA Division III teams with 12.36 digs/set and 31.19 attacks/set. Freshman Zach Rothstein made his presence known on the court as he ranked fourth with an average of 3.31 digs per set. Fontbonne will not lose a single player to graduation as they look ahead to the 2018 season.
The 2016 season was a record-setting year for the Griffins as Haston became the winningest coach in program history. The team also set a new season-high 17 wins, more than double from the last 8-win high two years before. Multiple team and individual records were broken and can be found here.
Highlights from Haston's coaching career include Fontbonne's first victory over an AVCA Top-15 ranked opponent (#12 Medaille) and tying the school record for wins in his second season. In his tenure with the Griffins, Haston has coached numerous All-Conference players and several current St. Louis area High School and Club coaches. In addition to coaching at Fontbonne, Coach Haston also works with the St. Louis High Performance Volleyball Club and is the assistant coach at Maryville University (NCAA DII).
A native of St. Louis, Haston played and graduated from Parkway North High School, where he contributed to back-to-back Missouri State Championships in 2001-2002. Upon graduation, Coach Haston played club volleyball for The University Of Tennessee (Knoxville) from 2003-2007.
Mike holds a bachelors degree in Psychology from UT, as well as a masters degree in Special Education from Webster University. Coach Haston is also an IMPACT certified coach and has earned his CAP level 2 certification through USA Volleyball.
Coach Haston is a resident of South St. Louis, where he lives with his wife JoAnna and their two kids, Dexter and Mattea.