What’s next for Jerod?
So, what now for South Tahoe’s favorite basketball son?
Well, look closely and you may see him on the bench at a Vikings home game, or advertising a roundball teaching video, or marketing the latest in high-tech software.
“I want to take a year before I really make a decision to be comfortable and sure. I want to fall into obscurity for a year, then bounce back and go after it, no matter what it may be,” Haase said. “The decision (to leave competitive play) has evolved. I didn’t wake up one morning and decide not to play. It’s been 1 to 2 years.
“I’m giving up on some dreams, but I have a lot of other different goals. I’m going to do things the exact same way and hopefully get the same kind of satisfaction out of it.”
Haase’s immediate plans include completing an instructional video while continuing to tender offers on his Book, “Floor Burns,” a diary account of his senior year at the University of Kansas. He also plans to work as a sports software consultant, selling programs that, as he describes it, are the little computer guys announcers use to diagram plays during football and basketball games.
But acquiring a coaching position in either the high school or collegiate level ranks atop the interest list. He plans to attend South Tahoe basketball games and help the team when available. Long term, Haase thinks he’ll lean toward coaching, preferring to work with Kansas coach Roy Williams as either an assistant or to get a position at another Division 1 school.
South Tahoe coach Tom Orlich supports his famous ex-player’s career path.
“He’s a natural. He’d be great with kids and has everything that it takes. Roy Williams (Kansas coach) will hook him up with somebody. It’s an opportunity to move on and he’s enjoying himself right now,” Orlich said.
Added Haase, “Coaching under coach Orlich would be invaluable to me. But I’ll probably spend most of my time in Kansas to open my eyes to coaching there and come back here when I can.”
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