After being introduced as the Anne and Tony Joseph Director of Men’s Basketball by Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics Bernard Muir on March 25, 2016, Jerod Haase developed a strong relationship with his program and instilled an invested, tough and selfless attitude among his student-athletes.
In his first year at the helm of the Cardinal program, Stanford posted 14 wins against one of the toughest schedules in the nation. Redshirt sophomore Reid Travis earned First Team All-Pac-12 and NABC All-District honors, developing into one of the top players in the conference on both ends of the court. His program finished in the top-10 percent among men's basketball programs nationally in the classroom as well.
Haase and his staff signed a top-tier recruiting class that is rated as high as No. 10 nationally in the 2017 rankings, welcoming the four-member class to The Farm for the 2017-18 season.
Haase arrived on The Farm prior to the 2016-17 season 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.
“I could not be more excited to welcome Jerod, Mindy and their children to the Stanford family,” said Muir. “Jerod has not only demonstrated his excellent coaching and teaching abilities over the years, but he also shares the values that make Stanford special. I have no doubt that Jerod will soon lead our program to Pac-12 championships and that we will be a regular participant in the NCAA Tournament. He will win with integrity, class and sportsmanship while ensuring our student-athletes reach their full potential in their academic and social endeavors.”
“Stanford University is a world-class institution which represents excellence across the board,” said Haase. “We will compete for championships by doing it the right way and graduating young men who will go on to accomplish great things in the world. I am humbled by the opportunity afforded to me by Bernard, and my family and I are eager to get started.”
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 helf 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, 42, and his wife, the former Mindy Meidinger, have three children: Gavin (10), Garrett (7) and Gabrielle (4).
Tom Orlich - Camp Director
A legendary scholastic head coach spanning more than four decades, Orlich is in his second season with the Stanford men's basketball program.
As the Assistant to the Head Coach, he will manage several areas within Stanford’s men’s basketball program. Coach Orlich has been coaching for the past 46 years. He has been a Camp Director for the past 43 years.
Orlich guided the boy’s basketball programs at South Lake Tahoe High School (1976-2000) and Clovis West High School (2002-2016), before announcing his retirement from coaching earlier this month. 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 Lake Tahoe for 25 years, leading the Vikings to a stellar 521-184 record, nine regional titles and two Nevada state championships (1997 and 2002). South Lake 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 Lake 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 Haase at South Lake 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 Lake 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 27 years. The couple has four children Ashley, Brianna, Alexandria, and Michael and Golden Retriever, Rebound.
Coach Orlich can be contacted at email@example.com