Birthdate: July 13, 1980
Birthplace: Waukegan, IL
High School: Toledo Central Catholic High School (1998)
College: University of Notre Dame (1998-2002)
Year Inducted: 2020
Ericka Haney contributed much to the game of basketball over the years and the sport continues to pay her back in kind. During her outstanding high school career at Toledo Central Catholic, Haney was named the Metro City Player of the Year, twice earned first-team all-state honors, and also was tabbed an Honorable Mention All-American by both USA Today and Street & Smith’s. She totaled 1,353 career points and 1,124 rebounds – both school records – and posted respective averages of 13.6 ppg and 11.4 rpg.
As a senior, Haney contributed 16.0 ppg and 11.8 rpg while leading Central Catholic to a 25-2 record and trip to the state tournament. CCHS was eliminated in the semifinals but Haney did all she could in a 26-point performance.
A gifted all-around athlete, Haney played for two state all-star teams in basketball, led the CCHS volleyball team to its first-ever state tournament appearance, and also was an All-American in track, ranking fifth nationally in the 100-meter hurdles with a blistering time of 13.8 seconds. She also set school marks in the 100 and 200 meters as well as the 400-meter hurdles.
Her future path, though, was to stay on the hardwood.
She played for Muffet McGraw at Notre Dame and helped the Irish capture their first national championship in program history in 2001. In a memorable semifinal win over powerful UConn, Haney aided a comeback from a 17-point halftime deficit and logged a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Haney was drafted by the Detroit Shock of the WNBA in 2002 and had a brief stint overseas in Sweden later that year. She returned to her native land in 2003 to join the staff at Chicago State, was the Director of Basketball Operations at Louisiana Tech in 2006-07 and then became the recruiting coordinator at Florida Gulf Coast from 2007-09. She left the college game for eight years to serve as a director of girls basketball at four different Florida high schools.
Haney is now an assistant coach at The Ohio State University under coach Kevin McGuff.