University of Charleston Assistant Baseball Coach Robert Haggerty is in his third season with the Golden Eagles, but it will be his last. Haggerty is going after a new dream of his, joining the Army.
“I guess maybe I’ve had two dreams, if that makes sense. I’ve always loved baseball, always wanted to pursue that route… I’m 28 years old, I’m at the point now in my life I definitely want to pursue the military,” said Haggerty.
Haggerty joins a long line of family members that chose the military route, including his father.
Both my mother’s father and my dad’s father, both were in the army. My dad’s father was in the Korean War and my dad’s father was in the Vietnam War,” said Haggerty.
On March 14, Haggerty officially enlisted making his decision to leave baseball official.
“I knew that if it was going to be anything to get him out of baseball it was going to be that,” said Head Coach Andrew Wright.
Haggerty will leave for basic training on May 14, one day after the final day of the conference tournament.
“It’s hard to think about sometimes because I know some of the guys, the relationship that I have with our players the relationship that I have with our players the relationship Coach Wright has allowed me to have with our guys is something I will carry with me,” said Haggerty.