Blazers' annual event once again a success
UAB vs. North Carolina
UAB men's basketball
The Blazers won 76-69
UAB vs. North Carolina - AP Photos (12/2/12)
UAB vs. No. 15 Creighton
Jerod Haase, a former Kansas basketball star who spent 13 years on Roy Williams' staff at KU and most recently North Carolina, enters his third season at the helm of the UAB men's basketball program in 2014-15.
Haase was announced as the fifth head coach in the 35-year history of Blazer men's hoops on March 27, 2012.
The Blazers continued to make remarkable strides under Haase's leadership during the 2013-14 season. UAB finished the year 18-13 overall with three of those wins coming against teams that participated in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
Of UAB's 18 victories last season, perhaps none were more impressive than the Blazers' 63-59 win against perennial power and 16th-ranked North Carolina at Bartow Arena on Dec. 1, 2013.The win against UNC marked the Blazers' first victory against a ranked opponent since 2009 and gave UAB its first win against the Tar Heels in four tries.
With Haase at the helm, the Blazers finished non-conference play with an 11-4 record -- UAB's best non-conference mark in four seasons. Statistically, UAB was ranked in the top five nationally in rebounding all season long and finished the year as the nation's No. 2 ranked rebounding team with 44.5 boards per game.
The 2013-14 season also saw the emergence of guard Chad Frazier, who averaged 17.7 points per game and scored 20 points or more 10 times on his way to being named the 2014 Conference USA Newcomer of the Year.
During his first year with the Blazers in 2012-13, UAB went 6-3 in its last nine regular season Conference USA games, before the No. 7 seeded Blazers knocked off No.10 seed SMU in the first round of the 2013 C-USA Tournament.
Under Haase's guidance, forward Rod Rucker earned Conference USA Second Team honors after he led the team in points (14.5 ppg) and rebounds (8.2 rpg), while Rucker and teammate Jordan Swing were two of the top scorers in the league as Swing averaged 14.0 points per contest.
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.
"I want to thank (UAB President) Dr. (Carol) Garrison and Mr. (Brian) Mackin for this opportunity," Haase said upon his hiring. "It's a tremendous leap of faith, and I will do everything in my power to prove that this is the right hire at the right time. I will work tirelessly to ensure that this decision on your behalf is a great one.
"This job has everything that I could hope for. 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.
As a senior in 1996-97, Haase started with Jacque Vaughn, Scot Pollard, Paul Pierce and Raef LaFrentz as Kansas finished with a 34-2 record. He averaged 12.0 points per game despite playing with a broken wrist. As a sophomore in 1994-95, he scored 15.0 points a game, was named the Big Eight Conference Newcomer of the Year and also was tabbed a second-team all-conference selection.
Haase started 23 games in 1992-93 as a freshman at Cal, where he teamed in the backcourt with Jason Kidd. Haase was a first-team GTE Academic All-American as a senior, a second-team Academic All-American as a junior and was an academic all-conference selection three times. The Jayhawks' Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 1997, Haase later earned a master's degree in business at KU in 2000.
Haase co-wrote "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.
Jerod Haase File
Born: April 1, 1974
Hometown: South Lake Tahoe, Calif.
Kansas (B.S., Business Administration, 1997)
Kansas (M.S., Business, 2000)
Collegiate Coaching Experience:
Kansas (Administrative Assistant: 1999-2003)
North Carolina (JV Head Coach: 2003-04, 2005-06, 2007-08, 2009-10 & 2011-12)
North Carolina (Director of Operations: 2004-05, 2006-07 & 2008-09)
North Carolina (Assistant Coach: 2003-04, 2005-06, 2007-08 & 2009-12)
UAB (Head Coach: 2012-pr.)
Wife - Mindy
Children - Gavin (7), Garrett (4) and Gabrielle (2)
GTE First Team Academic All-America (1997)
GTE Second Team Academic All-America (1996)
Big Eight Newcomer of the Year (1995)
Kansas Male Scholar Athlete of the Year (1997)
Second Team All-Big Eight (1995)
Big Eight All-Defensive Team (1996)
Third Team All-Big XII (1996)