UNC hoops assistant Jerod Haase leaving for top job at UAB

acarter@newsobserver.com.March 27, 2012 

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UNC assistant coach Jerod Haase, right, works behind head coach Roy Williams during the championship game of the NCAA Tournament Midwest region on Sunday, March 25, 2012, at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

ROBERT WILLETT — rwillett@newsobserver.com

— Jerod Haase, who has spent the past 13 seasons as a member of Roy Williams' staffs at Kansas and at North Carolina, will be introduced on Tuesday morning as the head coach at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, according to the school.

UAB athletic director Brian Mackin announced Haase's hiring in a statement the university released on Monday night.

Haase didn't return a message left on his cell phone.

Haase played for Williams at Kansas from 1994 through 1997, and then in 1999 joined Williams' staff as an administrative assistant for the Jayhawks basketball program. He remained in that role until 2003, when Williams left Kansas for UNC.

"I am elated for both Jerod and UAB," Williams said in a statement. "This will be a great marriage. He is one of the finest young men I have ever known. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind he is going to be a great head coach.

"The people at UAB can count on the fact that Jerod will spend every single day continuing to build a great program there. He has a tremendous work ethic and enthusiasm and will bring imagination to the basketball staff and program. He is a tireless worker and will have a great deal of passion for not only the basketball program, but the entire university community."

During his nine seasons with the Tar Heels, Haase has served as both the director of basketball operations and as an assistant coach. He has been an assistant coach at UNC since the 2009 season.

For the past five seasons, Haase has coached UNC's junior varsity basketball team.

Haase worked his final game as a member of UNC's coaching staff on Sunday, when the Tar Heels suffered an 80-67 defeat against Kansas in the NCAA tournament Midwest Regional final.

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