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UAB Hires UNC Assistant Jerod Haase

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Via The Birmingham News.

Jerod Haase will become the fifth men's basketball head coach at UAB. Haase, an assistant coach at North Carolina, will be officially introduced as UAB's head coach during a press conference on Tuesday morning.

Haase, who will turn 38 on April 1, will replace Mike Davis. Davis, who spent six seasons as UAB's head coach, was fired on March 16.

Haase's entire college coaching career has been spent as part of Roy Williams' staff. He served for five seasons under Williams at Kansas and the past nine seasons at North Carolina. He also served as North Carolina's head junior varsity coach the past five seasons, in addition to his varsity duties under Williams.

Both Jerod Haase and C.B. McGrath's names popped up during the coaching carousel last spring. Young assistants who have spent several years on staff under a Hall of Fame head coach at a place like North Carolina make for good hires at the mid-major level.

With Haase leaving it opens up a slot on Roy's staff breaking up a stable staff which has been together for several years. It will be interesting to see how Roy fills the spot. Bobby Frasor and Jackie Manuel have been serving in peripheral roles on the staff as assistant video coordinator and assistant strength and conditioning coach respectively. Haase is one of the three assistant coaches who did much of the traveling for recruiting. I would expect the spot gets filled pretty quickly.