In his first three seasons as Stanford’s Anne and Tony Joseph Director of Men’s Basketball, Jerod Haase has instilled an invested, tough and selfless attitude into the program.
Since arriving on The Farm, the Cardinal has won 48 games, recorded its best conference finish and most league wins in a decade and earned a postseason berth for the first time in three years.
Fueled by back-to-back top-25 recruiting classes, Haase’s 2018-19 squad featured freshmen and sophomores accounting for 80 percent of the scoring and rebounding. With one of the youngest rosters in the nation, Stanford won 15 games facing one of the toughest road schedules in Division I.
In 2017-18, Haase guided Stanford 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 NIT.
Several players have flourished under Haase’s tutelage. KZ Okpala became Stanford’s latest NBA Draft pick in 2019. Along with Okpala’s first team all-conference selection and Josh Sharma’s All-Pac-12 nod, Reid Travis was a two-time First Team All-Pac-12 selection in 2018 and a two-time NABC All-District pick. 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 in 2018. Daejon Davis was named to the five-member Pac-12 All-Freshman Team in 2018.
During Haase’s first season in 2016-17, Stanford posted 14 wins against a challenging schedule and finished among the nation’s top-10 percent in the classroom. Haase was appointed Stanford’s 18th head coach in school history 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 berth in 2015. Haase compiled an 80-53 overall record in four seasons 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 Haase's final 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 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, starting 23 games as a freshman and playing alongside Jason Kidd in the backcourt. Haase then transferred to Kansas, where 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.
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, 45, and his wife, the former Mindy Meidinger, have three children: Gavin (13), Garrett (10) and Gabrielle (7).
Tom Orlich - Camp Director
A legendary scholastic head coach spanning more than four decades, Orlich is in his fourth season with the Stanford men's basketball program.
As the Assistant to the Head Coach, Orlich 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, 1992). 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. Orlich was also honored as the 1992 Nevada High School Coach of the Year.
Orlich 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, 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 30 years. The couple has four children: Ashley, Brianna, Alexandria and Michael, along with a golden retriever, Rebound.
Coach Orlich can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Wulbrun, who owns nearly three decades of experience as a basketball coach, is in his third season at Stanford. After serving the first two years as an assistant coach, Stanford Head Coach Jerod Haase elevated Wulbrun to the James C. Gaither Associate Head Coach of Men’s Basketball prior to the 2018-19 season.
Jeff Wulbrun, who owns nearly three decades of experience as a basketball coach, is in his fourth season at Stanford. After serving the first two years as an assistant coach, Wulbrun was elevated to the James C. Gaither Associate Head Coach of Men’s Basketball prior to the 2018-19 season.
Wulbrun primarily works with the Cardinal post players and oversees Stanford’s scheduling. He has scheduled home games against some of the top programs in the nation, with both North Carolina (2017) and Kansas (2019), among others, visiting Maples Pavilion. Wulbrun has also helped Stanford land back-to-back top-tier recruiting classes, including a consensus top-10 class in 2017.
In Wulbrun’s second season, Stanford won 19 games overall and returned to the postseason for the first time in three years. Stanford finished third in the Pac-12 standings and won 11 conference games in 2017-18, its best finish and most conference wins in 10 years.
Wulbrun helped develop one of the top starting frontcourts in the Pac-12, as forwards Reid Travis and Michael Humphrey combined to average 30 points and 16 rebounds per contest, with each painting his name throughout Stanford’s single-season and career record books. A two-time first-team All-Pac-12 selection and NABC All-District pick, Travis produced one of the best seasons in program history in 2017-18, ranking fifth on Stanford’s single-season list in scoring (682), third in field goals (250), fourth in free throw attempts (243), 10th in free throws made (164) and 13th in rebounds (281). Travis ranked in the top-five in the Pac-12 in 12 different categories, including third in the conference in both scoring (19.5 ppg) and rebounding (8.7 rpg).
Stanford’s 2017-18 squad posted its highest scoring average (75.9 ppg) in 16 years, best field goal percentage (.461) in 14 years and collected the fourth-most rebounds (1,368) in a season in school history while leading the conference in rebounding (39.1 rpg).
Wulbrun has been a member of Haase’s staff each of the last seven seasons at both Stanford and UAB. Wulbrun’s relationship with Haase dates back nearly three decades when he first recruited and signed Haase as a member of the California coaching staff.
Over a successful coaching career that spans 28 years (18 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.
At each stop, Wulbrun has played a key role in bringing in highly-regarded recruiting classes, highlighted by a top-10 class at Stanford in 2017, a top-30 class with the Cardinal in 2018 and a top-five class at California that included Haase and Jason Kidd. At UAB, Wulbrun was responsible for landing the top recruiting class in Conference USA. Known for identifying and recruiting international talent, Wulbrun has helped bring in top prospects from Australia, Germany and Lithuania to Stanford.
Prior to returning to his home state of California with the Cardinal, Wulbrun spent four seasons on Haase’s coaching staff at UAB. He served as the Blazers’ associate head coach in his final two seasons in Birmingham.
At UAB, Wulbrun was part of a coaching staff that guided the Blazers to 80 wins in the four-year span, 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. The Blazers’ 26 wins in 2015-16 were a school record.
Wulbrun also recruited and helped develop UAB all-conference selections Chris Cokley and William Lee during his time with the Blazers. Lee finished his career as UAB’s all-time leader in blocked shots (291) and Cokley completed his career third in UAB history in career scoring with 1,660 points.
Before reuniting with Haase at 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, helping lead the Golden Bears to five postseason appearances. 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 served eight years 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 was also was active in real estate sales and development in Illinois. He was appointed the Chief Operating Officer of Distinctive Designs, a residential construction company, in 1998.
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 Central Catholic into one of the top high school programs in Illinois. Wulbrun coached Stanford’s Director of Basketball Development, Brandon Dunson, during his time as the head coach at Central Catholic High School.
Wulbrun jumped back into collegiate coaching full time in 2011, working with Seth Greenberg 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, are the proud parents of daughter, Kendall, and son, Jared. Kendall attended TCU and Jared attends California Lutheran University, where he is a member of the men’s basketball team.