Jeff Wulbrun is in his fourth season on the staff at UAB and is in his second year as the Blazers' associate head coach. Wulbrun is now entering his 26th season in the coaching profession.
In addition to 10 years of coaching experience at the high school level, Wulbrun begins his 16th season as a Division I college assistant coach. He has had stops at California (1985-'93), Illinois State (1993-'97) and Virginia Tech (2011-'12) and has helped direct three different programs to the NCAA Tournament -- California, Illinois State and UAB -- during his time as a collegiate coach.
Wulbrun and the Blazers made a remarkable run during the 2014-15 season, claiming UAB's first-ever Conference USA Tournament Championship, before advancing to the Round of 32 at the 2015 NCAA Tournament with a 60-59 win against No. 3 seed Iowa State.
Nick Norton, who was recruited by Wulbrun, became one of the top guards in Conference USA and one of the best freshmen in the nation during the 2014-15 season. Norton was named to the C-USA All-Freshman Team last year and was named one of 21 finalists for the 2015 Kyle Macy National Freshman of the Year Award.
"My relationship with Jerod goes back over 22 years when I recruited him to Cal out of high school, Wulbrun said. "I have always had the highest regard for him as a person. He lives his life with tremendous integrity, character, sincerity and honesty. As a coach he instills those same qualities in his players. His coaching pedigree is incredible, having been a player and coach at Kansas and North Carolina. He has played and coached the game at the highest level. He is building a program that everyone in Birmingham and associated with UAB can look at with tremendous pride."
Prior to Virginia Tech, Wulbrun built one of the top high schools programs in the state of Illinois at Central Catholic H.S from 2000-2005. While at Central Catholic Wulbrun coached eight players who went on to play collegiately, including three at the Division I level, and two of his players actually played in the NFL.
Wulbrun was considered one of the top assistant coaches in the nation during his seven seasons at California (1986-93) under Lou Campanelli. 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. While at Cal, Wulbrun also coached perennial NBA All-Star, Hall of Fame candidate & current city of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. In seven years at Cal, Wulbrun helped over 20 players realize their goals of playing professionally.
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.Wulbrun considers himself fortunate to have spent four years with Stallings, who is widely considered as one of the top strategic coaches in all of college basketball
"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, 16 and a son, Jared, 15. Wulbrun and his family reside in Homewood, Ala.
Jeff Wulbrun File
Born: August 5, 1960
Hometown: Cypress, Calif. Education:
Cal State Fullerton (B.A., Communications, 1984)
Walnut and Diamond Bar (Ca.) High Schools (1980-85)
Central Catholic (Ill.) High School (2000-05)
California (Assistant Coach, 1986-93)
Illinois State (Assistant Coach, 1993-97)
Virginia Tech (Director of Operations (2011-12)
UAB (Assistant Coach, 2012-14)
UAB (Associate Head Coach, 2014-pres.)