Jerod Haase, a Naismith and Wooden Award candidate while playing shooting guard at the University of Kansas, is in his fifth year at North Carolina and his ninth season as a member of Roy Williams' staff.
In addition to his bench duties, Haase is in his third year as the head coach of UNC's junior varsity program.
Last season, Haase helped Carolina to a 31-7 record, a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season title and the 2007 ACC Tournament championship.
In 2005-06, Haase's second as a bench assistant, the Tar Heels 23- 8, won at Kentucky and Duke and won seven of eight ACC road games, went 12-4 in the ACC and were a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament. He helped Williams win ACC and National Coach-ofthe- Year honors.
Three years ago, Haase helped lead the Tar Heels to a 33-4 record and 2005 NCAA championship.
That was the third Final Four Haase has been part of as a member of Williams' staff. While at Kansas, the Jayhawks played in the 2002 Final Four and the 2003 national championship game.
Kansas and Carolina have combined to win 219 of 278 games (79 percent) in his eight years on Williams' staff.
Haase attended the University of California in 1992-93, and then transferred to Kansas. He helped lead the Jayhawks to three consecutive conference titles and finished his career ranked in the Top 10 among school leaders in assists, three-point field goals and steals.
He started 99 of 101 games at Kansas and scored 1,264 points, an average of 12.5 per game. Haase scored in double figures 74 times, including 20 or more points 13 times.
In his three years, the Jayhawks went 89-13 and were ranked No. 5, 4 and 1 in the nation in the final media poll, respectively. As a senior, Haase started with Jacque Vaughn, Scot Pollard, Paul Pierce and Raef LaFrentz as Kansas went 34-2. He averaged 12.0 points despite playing with a broken wrist.
He scored a career-high 30 points against Temple as a junior. That year he was named to the Big Eight All-Defensive Team. He scored 16 points, including the game-winning three-point field goal, to beat Arizona, 83-80, in the 1996 NCAA regional semifinal.
As a sophomore in 1994-95, the South Lake Tahoe, Calif., native was named the Big Eight Conference Newcomer of the Year and was a second-team all-conference selection. He led Kansas with 15.0 points a game, including a season- high 26 against Missouri and 20 against No. 2-ranked Connecticut.
He started 23 games in 1992-93 as a freshman at Cal, where he teamed in the backcourt with Jason Kidd. Haase scored 13 points in the Bears' NCAA second round win over Duke.
In 1995, Haase teamed with Tim Duncan, Allen Iverson and Kerry Kittles to win the gold medal at the World University Games.
A 1997 Kansas graduate in business administration, Haase was a first-team GTE Academic All-America as a senior. He was also a secondteam Academic All- America in 1996 and was academic all-conference for three years. He earned a Master's of Science degree in business at KU in 2000.
Haase, who roomed with C.B. McGrath in college, co-wrote Floor Burns, detailing the 1996-97 season, which sold more than 30,000 copies. Floor burns are a statistic the Kansas stat crew created in honor of Haase, who had 165 of them as a junior. He also produced a basketball instructional video.
Born April 1, 1974, Haase is one of five brothers and sisters to play intercollegiate sports. He was married to the former Mindy Meidinger of Lenexa, Kan., in 1999. The couple had a son, Gavin, born in September 2006.