Jerod Haase was named Stanford’s Anne and Tony Joseph Director of Men’s Basketball by Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics Bernard Muir on March 25, 2016.
Haase, who becomes the 18th head coach in the history of the program, arrives on The Farm after completing his fourth season as the head coach at UAB, where he led the Blazers to a regular-season Conference USA championship in 2016 and the program’s 15th all-time NCAA Tournament appearance in 2015. Haase compiled an 80-53 overall record while improving the Blazers’ win total every year.
Tabbed the 2016 Gene Bartow Conference USA Coach of the Year, Haase led the Blazers to a 26-5 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). Also named the 2016 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District Coach, Haase directed the Blazers to an NIT berth for the 12th time in school history. UAB also finished 16-0 at home this season, extending the nation’s fifth-longest home winning streak to 25, while ranking among the nation’s best in field goal percentage (.478 – 24th), assists per game (18.4 – 4th) and blocks per game (4th – 6.1).
Under Haase’s guidance, UAB returned to the NCAA Tournament in 2015, shocking No. 3 seed Iowa State, 60-59, in the second round for the Blazers’ first NCAA victory since 2005. UAB reached the Big Dance after claiming the program’s first Conference USA Tournament title despite being seeded No. 4. The triumph marked UAB’s first league tournament title since 1987, when the Blazers won the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. More impressively, Haase successfully developed a roster comprised of 10 underclassmen – all players recruited by Haase and his staff – and finished 20-16 overall while guiding the third-youngest team in NCAA Division I.
The Blazers made impressive strides under Haase's leadership during the 2013-14 campaign, finishing 18-13 overall while notching three victories against teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament. Of UAB's 18 victories, perhaps none were more impressive than the Blazers' 63-59 home win against No. 16 North Carolina. UAB was ranked in the top five nationally in rebounding throughout the season and finished the year ranked second in the country at 44.5 boards per game.
During Haase’s first year with the Blazers in 2012-13, UAB won six of its final nine regular-season Conference USA games and collected a victory in the conference tournament.
Prior to arriving at UAB, Haase played for Roy Williams at Kansas and spent 13 years on Williams' staff with the Jayhawks and Tar Heels. A 1997 graduate of Kansas with a degree in business administration, Haase got his start as Kansas’ Director of Operations from 1999-2003. During that time, the Jayhawks reached the 2002 Final Four and the national championship game in 2003.
When Williams was named head coach at North Carolina prior to the 2003-04 season, he brought Haase with him as an assistant coach and director of operations, a title Haase held from 2003-09. Haase then served exclusively as an assistant coach during his final three seasons with the Tar Heels.
A native of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., Haase attended California in 1992-93 before transferring to Kansas. He helped lead the Jayhawks to three consecutive conference titles and finished his career ranked in the school’s top 10 in assists, three-point field goals and steals. Haase started 99 of 101 games at Kansas and scored 1,264 points, averaging 12.5 per game and reaching double figures 74 times. While at Kansas, Haase was a candidate for the Naismith and Wooden Awards.
As a senior in 1996-97, Haase started alongside Jacque Vaughn, Scot Pollard, Paul Pierce and Raef LaFrentz as Kansas finished with a 34-2 record while averaging 12.0 points per game despite playing with a broken wrist. As a sophomore in 1994-95, Haase averaged 15.0 points and was named the Big Eight Conference Newcomer of the Year and also tabbed a second-team all-conference selection.
Haase was a first-team GTE Academic All-American as a senior, a second-team Academic All-American as a junior and a three-time academic all-conference pick. The Jayhawks' Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 1997, Haase later earned a master's degree in business at Kansas in 2000.
Haase started 23 games in 1992-93 as a freshman at California, teaming with Jason Kidd in the backcourt.
Haase, 41, and his wife, the former Mindy Meidinger, have three children: Gavin (9), Garrett (6) and Gabrielle (4).
Boasting nearly three decades of coaching experience, Jeff Wulbrun joined the Stanford men’s basketball program as an assistant coach in April of 2016.
Over a successful coaching career that spans 26 years (16 years in college and 10 in high school), Wulbrun has helped guide three different collegiate programs – California, Illinois State and UAB – to the NCAA Tournament.
He comes to Stanford following four years on Haase’s coaching staff at UAB. He served as the Blazers’ associate head coach each of the last two seasons.
At UAB, he was part of a coaching staff that guided the Blazers to 80 wins over the last four seasons, including the 2016 Conference USA regular-season championship and the 2015 conference tournament title. In 2015, UAB earned its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2011 and captured the Blazers’ first win in the NCAAs since 2005.
Wulbrun worked with the post players at UAB, helping recruit and mentor all-conference selections Chris Cokley and William Lee the past two seasons. Under Wulbrun’s tutelage, Lee finished the 2015-16 season eighth in the nation in blocked shots, averaging 2.9 bpg.
Prior to UAB, Wulbrun served on the staff at Virginia Tech (2011-12), Illinois State (1993-97) and California (1986-93).
A Cypress, California, native, Wulbrun was an assistant coach at California under Lou Campanelli for seven seasons where he helped lead the Golden Bears to five postseason appearances. Cal averaged nearly 17 wins per season. During his time in Berkeley, Wulbrun helped sign Haase out of South Lake Tahoe High School, along with Jason Kidd and Lamond Murray. Wulbrun also coached three-time NBA All-Star Kevin Johnson, who is now in his seventh year serving as the Mayor of Sacramento.
Wulbrun helped lead Illinois State to three postseason appearances, including the 1997 Missouri Valley Conference regular-season and tournament title and berth in the NCAA Tournament in his four seasons with the Redbirds.
Wulbrun stepped out of coaching in 1998, becoming the Chief Operations Officer of Distinctive Designs, a custom construction company working in the real estate development industry in Illinois.
During his seven successful years in the business world, Wulbrun also served as the head coach of Central Catholic High School in Bloomington, Illinois. He developed the Saints into one of Illinois’ top scholastic programs.
Wulbrun jumped back into collegiate coaching full time in 2011, joining the staff at Virginia Tech for one season. He then reunited with Haase on his staff at UAB when Haase was named the head coach of the Blazers in 2012.
Wulbrun holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Cal State Fullerton (1984). He and his wife, Jennie, have a daughter, Kendall, and a son, Jared.