UAB, Haase agree to new 6-year contract

Mar 25, 2015 - 8:06 PM Birmingham, AL ( - UAB head men's basketball coach Jerod Haase, who guided the Blazers to the 2015 Conference USA Tournament championship and into the third round of the NCAA Tournament, has received a new six-year contract worth $1 million per year.

Haase also will be eligible for incentives tied to the team's accomplishments on the court and in the classroom. He earned $625,000 this past season, including incentives.

The Blazers lost to UCLA in the third round of the NCAA Tournament after upsetting third-seeded Iowa State in their South Regional opener. Haase has compiled a 54-46 over three seasons with the Blazers, including a 20-16 mark this season.

"Long-term stability for me and my staff is crucial and represents an important step in moving the program forward," Haase said. "Our recruits and their families can rest assured that I will be at UAB for the long-term future. Today's commitment by the administration is a strong statement that UAB wants to be great in basketball. Planned future upgrades in travel, facilities and budgets will be an integral part of sustaining UAB basketball at an elite level."

The 40-year-old Haase was announced as the Blazers' fifth head coach in March 2012. A former University of Kansas basketball star, he spent 13 years on Roy Williams' staff at Kansas and North Carolina before arriving at UAB.

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