TRAVERSE CITY -- Brad Haney is looking to climb the coaching ladder.
The next rung is Traverse City.
Haney was introduced as the new coach of the Traverse City Wolves on Monday at a press conference at the Great Wolf Lodge.
"Brad is using this like any player is, to move up to the next level," team owner Daniel Skibbe said. "If he doesn't, we're more than (happy) to have him here as long as he needs to be. Brad is molded from me, to be honest. And that's what I'm looking for to take these guys to the next level."
Skibbe served as the team's owner, general manager and coach during its inaugural season last year, but said he's been looking from the start for someone to take the reins as head coach.
"It's now his show," Skibbe said. "I'm not a Jerry Jones type of owner. He'll get some input here and there, but it's his coaching staff, his players, his systems. He just has to win."
Haney, 29, is excited about the opportunity.
"I'm looking to embrace the city and learn everything there is to know about Traverse City," Haney said. "I'm very excited about the players and the talent they have up here coming off their first season."
A four-year starter at Grand Rapids Creston, Haney continued his playing career with the Grand Rapids Thunder from 2004-06. The free safety was a three-year all-star and defensive captain, as well as earning team defensive MVP twice.
An injury ended his playing days, but he quickly turned his attention to the coaching ranks. He took over the Thunder in the United States Football Alliance and led them to the league championship game last year.
"My high school coach always said I'd be a great coach," Haney said. "I have the ability to lead. When I got hurt, it was like God telling me it was time."