Jerod Haase – Stanford Cardinal
Haase played and coached under Roy Williams for nearly two decades, playing and coaching at Kansas before following him to North Carolina two decades ago. After a long stint on the Tar Heels’ staff, Haase’s own head coaching career began in style at UAB, leading the Blazers to an upset win during the 2015 NCAA Tournament. One year later he was tabbed by Stanford as their next head coach and is in the midst of his eighth season leading the Cardinal.
Mixed results might be the best way to describe Haase’s tenure. Stanford has not reached the NCAA Tournament. They tied for 3rd in the Pac-12 and made the NIT in his second season and won 20 games in the pandemic-shortened season a few years later. The Cardinal have not finished above .500 since that campaign and haven’t gotten this year started great either. Stanford already boasts a double digit home loss to Santa Clara and played poorly at the Battle 4 Atlantis, including a blowout loss to Northern Iowa to secure a last-place finish.
The Cardinal entered this season with talent and potential for a turnaround but haven’t showcased that ability to this point. It might be too early to close the books on Stanford’s potential, but this 4-4 start hasn’t exactly raised the confidence in Palo Alto. The Cardinal will win some games in conference play, but haven’t really shown that we can expect much from them this season. Isn’t eight years more than enough to move on from Haase?