UAB, Jerod Haase agree to new, six-year agreement
BIRMINGHAM - AL —
Jerod Haase has a new, six-year agreement to remain as UAB's basketball coach.
The new deal carries a total compensation of $1 million per year, and wraps up a month in which the Blazers won the programs first ever Conference USA Championship. UAB upset third seed Iowa State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to UCLA in the Round of 32.
"Our recruits and their families can rest assured that I will be at UAB for the long-term future," Haase said in a press release through the school. "Today's commitment by the administration is a strong statement that UAB wants to be great in basketball."
The school also announced plans to upgrade practice facilities, locker rooms for men's and women's basketball, and upgrades to Bartow Arena that include remodeled basketball offices and new LED lighting to enhance the game-day experience.
"Coach Haase is a rising star in college basketball, and we want him and his staff to take UAB to unprecedented levels of success," President Ray L. Watts said in a press release through the school. "Our investments in the program to reach and sustain excellence and win championships, along with the continued support of donors, will make these priorities a reality and bolster all of our athletic programs."
Haase, 40, was announced as the Blazers' fifth head coach in March 2012. A University of Kansas basketball star, he spent 13 years on Coach Roy Williams' staff at the University of Kansas and at the University of North Carolina before arriving at UAB.
Haase has an overall record of 54-46 at UAB.