UAB has been struggling this year when it comes to having funds for their student-athletes. This has driven one of their coaches to do what is necessary to help the athletes in any way he can.
According to ESPN, UAB head men’s basketball coach Jerod Haase donated $46,000 of his own money to help pay for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams’ cost of attendance for this year. He donated $23,000 to each program, wanting to help in anyway he can.
“We are extremely excited about doing the full cost of attendance,” said Haase, who makes $1 million annually. “For the vision that the administration has for the program, it’s important we do the full cost of attendance.”
Head women’s basketball coach Randy Norton commended Haase for his actions.
“Jerod’s generosity is appreciated. To make that type of commitment shows what type of person he is.”
Some of the Blazers spoke out, showing their appreciation for their coach as well.
“It’s huge for us,” standout fifth-year senior Robert Brown said. “It helps with all the little things. We’re able to go home more times if we want. It helps with gas and other things. It shows the type of guy Coach Haase is, both on and off the court. He cares — and it’s not just lip service. He took it out of his own pocket for us.”
Now, I can see why this team goes out and plays hard enough to pull of big upsets in the NCAA Tournament. There is a thing called karma and Coach Haase certainly has some great karma coming his way.
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