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Stanford Men's Basketball: Get to know new coach Jerod Haase

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Jerod Haase is excited to be part of something special at Stanford

Notable quotes and highlights:

"An opportunity like no other in the United States"

"At Stanford the academic side is such a key part of our student athletes, from the recruiting part to while they are here, getting their education. My mom was a teacher, my best friend is a teacher, my sister was a teacher and is now a principal so the education part of it is such a big part of me and what I've always grown up with and it is my job as the leader of the program to make sure we are recruiting the right student-athletes, develop them while they are here and making sure that they emphasize the academic part as it should be at Stanford."

"I've been a part of a lot of great programs but the biggest thing is I've been around great players, and great coaches, and the people are what make all the things work. Whether it was at Kansas, or North Carolina, or UAB I was surrounded by great players and great coaches. I had a lot of mentors in a lot of different ways. I feel like I've learned a lot of those lessons from players and coaches."

"The first thing is to develop the relationships around campus with the team with the administrators so that people get to know who I am and what I"m about, and then from there, there is going to be a lot of things we have to do with the team to develop that. Recruiting will be priority from day one as well, but the biggest thing is I want to build relationships."

"One of the things on the court I want to make sure that they see a team that is very unselfish, a team that plays very, very hard, and a team that represents the University the right way. We are going back to sharing the basketball and playing a pace of play that is fun to watch. I'd like to see us pressure defensively, push the basketball, create tempo, but do it in a way that does makes a lot of sense that we can use our basketball instincts."

"On and off the court I want to make sure people understand its high-character guys that do things in a first-class way that treat people with a great deal of respect, treat the game with respect, and put ourselves in a position that hopefully we can have more success."

"The goal is for us to be involved in the community, involved academically, obviously succeeding in the classroom and on the court doing things in a way that people respect."

"I think we have an opportunity to do some great things. The history here is phenomenal. [. . .] We're going to do everything we can to get the basketball side of things to have a standard of excellence that is comparable to the rest of the University."

"I can't tell you how grateful I am to be here, I just want to let everyone know that I'm going to work my tail off I'm going to hire a staff that is going to work extremely hard to make sure we represent everybody the right way and try to get championship level teams here as soon as possible."

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