Haase House


UAB CoachUAB basketball is coming to life again under the leadership of second-year coach Jerod Haase.

By Joe O’Donnell

Photos by Beau Gustafson

 

With a tremendous coaching pedigree and feel for the game, Coach Jerod Haase has UAB’s basketball team gliding toward a potential 20-win season. It is the middle of February, and the team’s record stands at 15-10 (4-7 in Conference USA). Five games remain in the regular season, a bit of a season on the brink for Haase. This is Coach Haase’s second year at the helm of Blazers’ basketball. Last season UAB just missed a winning season with a 16-17 record overall.

A former Kansas basketball star, Haase became the fifth head coach in the 34-year history of Blazer men’s hoops on March 27, 2012. Before coming to Birmingham, Haase played for Roy Williams at Kansas and spent 13 years on Williams’ staff with the Jayhawks and Tar Heels. He helped North Carolina to national championships in 2005 and 2009. Known as a top recruiter, he has also served as the head coach for the junior varsity team five times in his nine-year UNC tenure.

“This job has everything that I could hope for,” he says. “This is a dream situation because I can recruit at a high level here. This is a dream situation because it’s a fantastic place to raise a family and be a part of the community. This is a dream situation because there is a current team right here right now that I just met with that I’m going to commit to. And the players in that locker room have a chance to win and to win big. This is a dream situation to be able to work with this staff and administration that’s here right now. They are good people, they are knowledgeable people that care about this University, and I’ll do the same.”

A 1997 Kansas graduate in business administration, Haase’s first job came at his alma mater as the director of basketball operations from 1999–2003. During that time, the Jayhawks reached the 2002 Final Four and the national championship game in 2003.

When Williams was named head coach at North Carolina prior to the 2003–04 season, he brought Haase with him as an assistant coach and director of operations, a title he held from 2003–09. It was a unique position that rotated from assistant coach to director of operations every other year. Haase has served exclusively as an assistant coach since the 2009–10 season.

A native of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., Haase attended the University of California in 1992–93 and then transferred to Kansas.

He helped lead the Jayhawks to three consecutive conference titles and finished his career ranked in the top 10 among school leaders in assists, three-point field goals, and steals. He started 99 of 101 games at Kansas and scored 1,264 points, averaging 12.5 per game and reaching double figures 74 times. While at KU, Haase was a candidate for the Naismith and Wooden Awards.

Haase cowrote Floor Burns, detailing the 1996–97 KU season, which sold more than 30,000 copies. Floor burns are a statistic the Kansas stat crew created in honor of Haase, who had 165 of them as a junior. He has also produced a basketball instructional video.

Born April 1, 1974, Haase is one of five brothers and sisters to play intercollegiate sports. He is married to the former Mindy Meidinger of Lenexa, Kan. The couple has two sons, Gavin, 6, and Garrett, 3, and a daughter, Gabrielle, born in 2012.

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