Palo Alto, Calif. (WIAT)- UAB basketball coach Jerod Haase is officially heading to Stanford, the Cardinal announced on its website Friday afternoon.
Haase becomes the 18th head coach in the history of the program after completing his fourth season as the head coach at UAB.
Tabbed the 2016 Gene Bartow Conference USA Coach of the Year, Haase led the Blazers to a 26-7 overall record and a 16-2 conference mark while capturing their first regular-season title since 2011. Along the way, UAB established school records for overall victories (26), conference wins (16), road wins (10) and consecutive victories (14).
“Stanford University is a world-class institution which represents excellence across the board,” Haase said. “We will compete for championships by doing it the right way and graduating young men who will go on to accomplish great things in the world. I am humbled by the opportunity afforded to me by Bernard, and my family and I are eager to get started.”
Haase is no stranger to the West Coast. He was born and raised in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. and played his freshman season at California before transferring to Kansas.
UAB Athletic Director Mark Ingram issued the following statement on Haase’s departure:
“UAB thanks Jerod Haase for the coaching excellence he brought to UAB for the past four seasons. I am very proud of him as he moves to the next stage of his career. Jerod is a wonderful coach, a tremendous leader, an inspired teacher of young men and a fine role model. We wish him well at Stanford. We will begin our search for an outstanding new coach to build on the legacy of excellence that is UAB basketball.”
Assistant coach Rob Ehsan has been named the interim coach for UAB. Ehsan was an assistant under Haase for the Blazers all four years of his tenure.