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Jerod Haase (born April 1, 1974) is an American college basketball coach, currently the head coach for the UAB Blazers. Haase played college basketball at the University of California, Berkeley from 1992 to '93, and then transferred to the University of Kansas to play under Roy Williams from 1994 to '97. Haase was a Naismith and Wooden Award candidate while at Kansas. At Kansas he only missed two games out of 101 and averaged 12.5 points per game, scoring 1,246 points over the span of his career. He was a member of the Big Eight all defensive team as a junior, along with a part of the World University Games in 1995.
Haase was born on April 1, 1974 to Carol and Gary Haase. He is one of five siblings, all of whom have played an intercollegiate sport. Haase grew up in South Lake Tahoe, California where he played high school basketball at local South Tahoe High School.:12–13 Western High had an enrollment four times the size of Haase's South Tahoe High School and they met again a year later in Haase's senior year, again for the state title. South Tahoe won and the game went down in Nevada state basketball history.:13 In his junior year recruiters started to notice Haase's ability, and he was invited to many college showcase camps.:23–24 Haase attended the Stanford High Potential Camp where he spent time with Stanford guard Kenny Ammon honing his skills and was named the camp MVP.:23 Stanford was one of the first schools to show interest in Haase when he won the Nevada AAA Player of the Year, but during Haase's senior year the University of California, Berkeley expressed major interest in Haase along with former NBA player and current NBA coach Jason Kidd. Haase signed a letter of intent to play for California before his senior season of high school because of the proximity to his home, and he wanted to play in a major conference.:24
Haase went to the University of California, Berkeley to play during the 1993 season. Haase moved into the starting lineup and averaged 12 points and three assists through the first ten games for the California Golden Bears.:24 During his freshman season at Cal, after a game against USC, Haase got a phone call from his mother saying that she took Gary, Haase's father, to the hospital because of an infection near his ankle. Gary Haase went into shock while in the hospital and died before Haase played a game against UCLA; he was not present at the time of his father's death.:25 Later in his freshman season at Cal, his coach Lou Campanelli was fired and interim (and later permanent) coach Todd Bozeman was brought in. Haase was benched and the Bears finished the regular season winning 9 of their last 10 games to reach the NCAA Tournament. Haase scored thirteen points in California's upset of powerhouse Duke in the second round, and after the season ended Haase transferred from California to the University of Kansas.:26-27
Haase arrived at Kansas and contributed immediately. During his sophomore season he was named the Big Eight newcomer of the year and a second team all-conference selection. He also led the Jayhawks in scoring with 15.0 points per game. In Haase's junior year he scored his career best 30 points against the Temple Owls. He was also named to the Big Eight all defensive team that year. The Jayhawks went 34–2 in the 1996–97 season, Haase's final year. He was named a co-captain and was on the starting lineup with Jacque Vaughn, Scot Pollard, Raef LaFrentz and Paul Pierce. Haase averaged 12.0 points per game his senior year and was named a Wooden and Naismith award finalist despite playing several games with a broken wrist. Haase's Kansas career came to an end on Friday March 21, 1997, when Kansas lost to the Arizona Wildcats in the NCAA tournament.:206–212 He started 99 of 101 games with the Jayhawks and his record in three years with the Jayhawks was 89–13. The Jayhawks also won three consecutive conference titles with Jerod Haase. The Jayhawks were ranked from number 5 to number one during Haase's three years, and the Jayhawks were one of the favorites to win the 1996–97 National Championship.
After college career
After Haase's senior season he co-wrote a book entitled Floor Burns with author Mark Horvath. The book describes the 1996–1997 season when the Jayhawks were ranked number one for 15 consecutive weeks but lost to Arizona in the NCAA Tournament. Haase then had a brief career playing professional basketball in Macedonia. When his short career in Macedonia ended he decided to self-publish his book Floor Burns and revisit towns around Kansas giving instructional basketball camps. Haase visited around 40 towns and conducted over 100 basketball camps. He then decided to turn his focus to coaching.
Haase broke into coaching with his former coach Roy Williams at his former school, Kansas. Haase along with his roommate at Kansas, C.B. McGrath, split time working on the sidelines with Coach Williams or working behind the scenes. Haase spent four years as an assistant to Roy Williams at Kansas before Williams decided to leave Lawrence, Kansas for Chapel Hill, North Carolina and take the North Carolina coaching job.
Haase followed Williams to North Carolina where he coached for Roy Williams for eight years. Haase had many responsibilities in Chapel Hill including coaching the North Carolina Tar Heels junior varsity basketball team. The Junior Varsity team plays a 14-game schedule against local competition as well as outside programs wanting to give their kids a chance to play in the Dean Smith Center. Haase had to pick 14 students out of a 70-student try-out camp to complete the junior varsity squad. Haase coached the JV team for three years to help prepare him for a head coaching job. Haase won 255 out of 317 games in nine seasons as an assistant coach for Roy Williams, with both Kansas and North Carolina.
On March 26, 2012 Haase was named head coach at UAB.
Head coaching record
Jerod married Mindy Meidinger in 1999. In 2006 they had a son, Gavin; in 2009 another son, Garrett; and in 2012 a daughter, Gabrielle.
- ^ a b c d e f "Jerod Haase Profile". University of North Carolina Tar Heels. Archived from the original on March 14, 2014. Retrieved November 17, 2014.
- ^ a b c d e f g h i Haase, Jerod; Horvath, Mark (1997). Floor Burns: Inside the Life of a Kansas Jayhawk. ISBN 978-0965839211.
- ^ "Jerod Haase Stats". Statsheet.com. Retrieved September 12, 2013.
- ^ a b Self, Bill; Buckner, Steve (2007). Game of My Life: Kansas: Memorable Moments of Jayhawks Basketball. pp. 118–119.
- ^ a b O'Neil, Dana. "No scholarships, no fanfare, UNC's JV squad just plays". ESPN. Retrieved November 17, 2014.
- ^ Irvine, Steve (March 26, 2012). "UAB hires North Carolina assistant coach Jerod Haase to become the Blazers' head coach". The Birmingham News. Retrieved March 26, 2012.
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