Tuesday, March 27, 2012

UAB hires UNC assistant Jerod Haase

The University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB), which went to seven straight NCAA tournament appearances during Gene Bartow’s tenure during the 1990’s, have hired North Carolina assistant Jerod Haase as the Blazers new head coach.

Haase will replace former Indiana coach Mike Davis who was fired after making the NCAA tournament once in six seasons.  He took the Hoosiers to the NCAA finals.
Haase, who turns 38 on April 1, has worked under UNC coach Roy Williams for 13 seasons at North Carolina and Kansas, where he starred as a player and graduated in 1997.

As a coach, Haase helped the Tar Heels win national championships in 2005 and 2009. He played for Williams at Kansas on teams that won three consecutive conference titles, finishing among the school’s Top 10 in assists, 3-pointers and steals.

Haase started 99 of 101 games during his career, averaging 12.5 points per game, after playing for a season at California and starting alongside Jason Kidd.

Williams brought Haase with him to North Carolina as an assistant coach and director of operations.

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