April 17, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- UAB men's basketball head coach Jerod Haase has completed his staff by hiring Bobby Frasor as director of operations and George Drake as associate director of operations.
Both staff members completed their playing careers in recent years, as Frasor played for four years at North Carolina, while Drake spent his first three seasons at Vanderbilt and finished his playing career with the Blazers.
"I am very excited to have both Bobby and George as members of our staff," Haase said. "My goal is to for our staff to groom both Bobby and George to be Division I coaches one day, whether it's here or somewhere else. They are both high-energy guys with great work ethics and will be great assets to our program."
Frasor, who was a member of the North Carolina Tar Heels from 2005-09 and helped the team to the 2009 national championship, comes to UAB after serving as the assistant video coordinator at his alma mater during the 2011-12 campaign.
Frasor played in 109 games in his college career and started 42 times. He made 31 of those starts during his rookie season on his way to a spot on the Atlantic Coast Conference All-Freshman Team. He finished his four-year career at UNC with a record of 124-22, including three ACC regular-season titles, two ACC postseason championships and two Final Four appearances.
After he graduated with a degree in communications in 2009, Frasor tried his hand at professional basketball. He played overseas in Bulgaria and Cyprus, before injuries forced him to retire for playing professionally.
"I am excited to be in Birmingham and at UAB," Frasor said. "My dad coached high school for 30 years and as soon as I told him I was going to UAB, the first name he brought up was coach (Gene) Bartow. To be somewhere with a great basketball tradition and working for a guy like coach Haase, someone who coached me for four years, is a great opportunity. I'm jumping in with both feet and very excited about getting started."
"Bobby was a national championship player at North Carolina and played at a very high level," Haase said. "He is an absolute natural fit. Bobby is a people person, communicates well and is a hard-worker. I think those traits will really be a benefit to this program."
Drake, a native of Calera, Ala., should be a familiar name to UAB fans as the 25-year old played his final season in Birmingham as a graduate transfer from Vanderbilt. During the 2009-10 campaign, Drake played in 33 contests and made 18 starts for the Blazers while averaging 6.7 points and 3.2 rebounds a game. Drake, who played 96 games during his previous three seasons at Vanderbilt, finished his career with 129 games played.
Since his final season with the Green and Gold, Drake has been working toward his master's degree in health education, which he expects to complete this May.
In his spare time, Drake has worked with youth at summer camps and basketball clinics. Most recently, he was with the Elite Hoops Basketball Organization, which is based in Atlanta, helping teach aspiring players basketball skills.
"I'm really excited about this opportunity," Drake said. "God blessed me with this chance to come back here and be a part of the staff. I'm really looking forward to working with the coaching staff. Coach Haase and the assistants have a ton of knowledge and experience with the game. For me, as a young aspiring coach, I feel this is a great step for me and will only benefit me down the road."
"George is a former UAB player and I think that connection to the city of Birmingham and the fan base will be fantastic," Haase said. "Through the interview process, everyone told me he is an extremely hard worker and loyal, and that's exactly what he's been so far."