UAB head coach Jerod Haase knows a thing or two about basketball.
He was a star player at Kansas, then got into coaching and learned from one of the era’s best.
Now Haase, 40, has his Blazers in the NCAA Tournament, where he’ll face a familiar face and team – Fred Hoiberg and Iowa State, his former Big 8 rival.
Here’s what you need to know about Haase:
1. Haase Is In His 3rd Season as UAB’s Coach
Haase was hired in March 2012 to coach UAB. He and the Blazers are making their first NCAA Tournament appearance.
He signed a contract extension earlier this season through 2019. Haase makes $525,000 per season.
2012-13 16-17 overall, 7-9 Conference USA
2013-14 18-13 overall, 7-9 Conference USA
2014-15 19-15 overall, 12-6 Conference USA
2. He Was an All-Big 8 Performer
In 1996-97, Haase started with Jacque Vaughn, Scot Pollard, Paul Pierce and Raef LaFrentz and Kansas finished with a 34-2 record. He averaged 12 points per game despite playing with a broken wrist.
As a sophomore in 1994-95, he scored 15 points a game, was named the Big Eight Conference Newcomer of the Year and also was tabbed a second-team all-conference selection.
As a junior, Haase was named to the Big 8’s all-defensive team.
Haase transferred to Kansas after his second season from Cal, where he started in the backcourt with Jason Kidd.
He played briefly in Macedonia as a pro, but never in the NBA.
3. He Coached Under Roy Williams
Haase played under Roy Williams at Kansas, then became as assistant for him after his playing career ended.
Haase was an assistant under Williams for four seasons at Kansas, then spent 8 years with Williams at North Carolina.
Haase coached the Tar Heels’ junior varsity team for 3 seasons.
4. Haase Faces Ex-Iowa State Rival Fred Hoiberg In the NCAA Tournament
Haase and Fred Hoiberg were playing rivals in the Big 8 when Haase was at KU and Hoiberg at Iowa State. Well, Hoiberg is back at Iowa State as the head coach and his Cyclones and Haase’s Blazers play in the NCAA Tournament Round of 64.
This is the first meeting between the two as head coaches.
5. He Wrote a Book About His Kansas Squad From 1996-97
After his senior season, Haase co-wrote “Floor Burns” with Mark Horvath. The book detailed the 1996-97 Kansas season and it sold more than 30,000 copies.
Floor burns are a statistic Kansas created in honor of Haase, who had 165 of them as a junior.
He has also produced a basketball instructional video.
Haase is married to Mindy and the couple has three children – two sons and a daughter.