In just his first two seasons as Stanford’s Anne and Tony Joseph Director of Men’s Basketball, Jerod Haase has already left a strong imprint on the program. Under his leadership, the Cardinal has instilled an invested, tough and selfless attitude that has elevated Stanford to success it hasn’t enjoyed in a decade.
In his second season on The Farm, Haase guided the Cardinal to a third-place finish in the Pac-12 with 11 conference wins, the program’s highest finish and most league victories in 10 seasons. Competing without two starters for half the season, Stanford won 19 games overall and earned a postseason berth for the first time in three years with a second-round appearance in the National Invitation Tournament.
In two seasons with Haase and his staff, several members of the Cardinal have earned individual accolades. Forward Dorian Pickens was named an all-conference player for his performance on the court and the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for his efforts in the classroom this past season. Point guard Daejon Davis was named to the five-member Pac-12 All-Freshman Team in 2017-18.
In two full recruiting cycles, Haase and his staff have landed top-tier classes. Stanford’s 2017 recruiting class was regarded as one of the best in school history. The four-member group was rated a top-10 class nationally by many, ranked as high as eighth by Rivals. The Cardinal’s 2018 class is again regarded among the best in the nation.
In his first year at the helm of the Cardinal program in 2016-17, Stanford posted 14 wins against one of the toughest schedules in the nation. His program finished in the top-10 percent among men's basketball programs nationally in the classroom as well.
After four standout seasons as the head coach at UAB, Haase was appointed Stanford’s 18th men’s basketball coach in school history by Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics Bernard Muir on March 25, 2016. At UAB, Haase 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 in his final season at the helm of the Blazers, 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.
In 2017, Haase joined the National Advisory Board of the Positive Coaching Alliance, the organization that uses the power of positive reinforcement to pursue winning and the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports.
Haase, 44, and his wife, the former Mindy Meidinger, have three children: Gavin (11), Garrett (8) and Gabrielle (6).
Tom Orlich - Camp Director
A legendary scholastic head coach spanning more than four decades, Orlich is in his third season with the Stanford men's basketball program. This will be Orlich's 45th year as a camp director.
As the Assistant to the Head Coach, he manages several areas within Stanford’s men’s basketball program and works closely with external departments campus-wide and in the community to enhance the student-athlete’s welfare.
Orlich guided the boy’s basketball programs at South Tahoe High School (1975-2000) and Clovis West High School (2002-2016), before announcing his retirement from coaching in 2016. With a career coaching record of 832-283, Orlich is the third-winningest high school coach all-time in the state of California.
Orlich served as the head coach at South Tahoe for 25 years, leading the Vikings to a stellar 521-184 record, nine regional titles and two Nevada state championships (1987 and 1992). South Tahoe does not compete in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF). Orlich received one of the highest honors when he was named the CIF Coach of the Year in in 1992, even though the South Tahoe-based high school is not a member of the CIF. He was also honored as the 1992 Nevada High School Coach of the Year.
He coached Jerod Haase at South Tahoe from 1989-92, where Haase was the Nevada AAA Player of the Year in leading the Vikings to a state championship as a senior in 1992.
Following his standout career at South Tahoe, Orlich was hired as the head coach at Clovis West for the 2002-03 season. Over a standout 14-year tenure at Clovis West, he guided the Golden Eagles to a 311-99 record, which included eight conference titles and eight sectional final appearances and the CIF Southern California Regional Championship in 2006.
Orlich also served as head coach of the West Team in the 1989 McDonald’s High School All-American Game. A game that featured Co-MVP’s Shaquille O’Neal (West) and current Arizona State Head Coach Bobby Hurley (East), was won by Orlich’s West squad, 112-103.
Orlich and his wife Kelly have been married for 29 years. The couple has four children Ashley, Brianna, Alexandria, and Michael and golden retriever, Rebound.
Coach Orlich can be contacted at email@example.com