STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Stanford hired University of Alabama at Birmingham coach Jerod Haase as its new basketball coach Friday, a week and a half after firing eighth-year coach Johnny Dawkins.
Athletic director Bernard Muir is determined to return the Cardinal to being a regular NCAA Tournament contender as the program was under longtime coach Mike Montgomery over nearly two decades. Haase will be formally introduced Monday on The Farm.
The 41-year-old Haase is returning to his Northern California roots to coach Stanford. He was born in South Lake Tahoe and even spent the 1992-93 season at rival California before transferring to Kansas, where he played for coach Roy Williams and later coached under him for 13 years with the Jayhawks and at North Carolina.