Former South Tahoe basketball standout Jerod Haase has finished filling his staff at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, hiring Bobby Frasor as director of operations and George Drake as associate director of operations according to a press release from the school.
Both new hires completed their playing careers in recent years, with Frasor coached by Haase for four years at North Carolina, and Drake spending his first three seasons at Vanderbilt before finishing his playing career with the UAB Blazers.
"I am very excited to have both Bobby and George as members of our staff," Haase said in the release. "My goal is for our staff to groom both Bobby and George to be Division I coaches one day, whether it's here or somewhere else. They are both high-energy guys with great work ethics and will be great assets to our program."
Frasor was a member of the Tar Heels from 2005-09 and helped the team to the 2009 national championship. He comes to UAB after serving as the assistant video coordinator at his alma mater during the 2011-12 campaign.
Frasor played in 109 games in his college career and started 42 times. He made 31 of those starts during his rookie season on his way to a spot on the Atlantic Coast Conference All-Freshman Team. He finished his four-year career at UNC with a record of 124-22, including three ACC regular-season titles, two ACC postseason championships and two Final Four appearances.
"I am excited to be in Birmingham and at UAB," Frasor said in the release. "My dad coached high school for 30 years and as soon as I told him I was going to UAB, the first name he brought up was coach (Gene) Bartow. To be somewhere with a great basketball tradition and working for a guy like coach Haase, someone who coached me for four years, is a great opportunity. I'm jumping in with both feet and very excited about getting started."
"Bobby is a national championship player at North Carolina and played at a very high level," Haase said. "He is an absolute natural fit. Bobby is a people person, communicates well and is a hard worker. I think those traits will really be a benefit to this program."
During the 2009-10 campaign, Drake played in 33 contests and made 18 starts for the Blazers while averaging 6.7 points and 3.2 rebounds a game. Drake, who played 96 games during his previous three seasons at Vanderbilt, finished his career with 129 games played.
"George is a former UAB player and I think that connection to the city of Birmingham and the fan base will be fantastic," Haase said. "Through the interview process, everyone told me he is an extremely hard worker and loyal, and that's exactly what he's been so far."