Jeff Wulbrun is in his second season as an assistant coach at UAB and is entering his 24th season in the coaching profession.
Wulbrun will be coming into his 14th season of coaching at the college level, which includes stops at California-Berkeley (1985-93), Illinois State (1993-97) and most recently Virginia Tech, where he spent the 2011-12 season as the team's director of operations.
"It's a dream come true to have a chance to work with Jerod Haase and be a part of UAB," Wulbrun said. "It's exciting to be a part of a place that has had the success UAB has had in such a short time. My relationship with Jerod dates back 20 years and I have such a high regard for the type of person and coach he is. I think it was a grand slam hire by UAB. I am excited about the challenge and having a great deal of success here at UAB."
Prior to going to Virginia Tech, Wulbrun was in real estate sales, development and marketing while raising his family in Bloomington, Ill., but never entirely got out of coaching. From 2000 through 2005, Wulbrun served as head boys' basketball coach at Central Catholic High School in Bloomington. At Central Catholic, he coached eight players who went on to play college basketball, including three Division I basketball players, and two players that went on to play in the NFL.
Wulbrun was considered one of the top assistant coaches in the nation during his seven seasons at California (1986-93). He was instrumental in bringing in future NBA stars such as Lamond Murray and Jason Kidd, who he happened to sign in 1993, the same year he inked UAB head coach Jerod Haase out of Lake Tahoe HS. In fact, his 1992 recruiting class was rated at No. 5 in the nation and his 1993 class was rated by No. 10 by basketball recruiting expert Bob Gibbons. During his seven years at Cal, Wulbrun helped lead the Golden Bears to five postseasons, including two NCAA Tournament appearances.
From 1993-97, Wulbrun served as assistant basketball coach at Illinois State, under current Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings. During his time at Illinois State, the Redbirds made two NITs and one NCAA appearance and also claimed the 1997 Missouri Valley regular season championship.
"Jeff is someone who provides a great deal of experience and also a great deal of national exposure among recruiting circles," Haase said. "He has been a college coach as well as a high school coach on multiple occasions. I think his vast experience will really be an asset to me since this is my first head coaching job. I am extremely pleased to have him on our staff and I think he is going to do a fantastic job."
Wulbrun recieved his BA in communications from Cal State Fullerton in 1984. He and his wife, Jennie, have two children, a daughter, Kendall, 15 and a son, Jared, 13.
Jeff Wulbrun File
Born: August 5, 1960
Hometown: Cypress, Calif. Education:
Cal State Fullerton (B.A., Communications, 1984)
Collegiate Coaching Experience:
California (Assistant Coach, 1986-93)
Illinois State (Assistant Coach, 1993-97)
Virginia Tech (Director of Operations (2011-12)
UAB (Assistant Coach, 2012-present)