Former KU players Jerod Haase and C.B. McGrath have been named administrative assistants in Kansas' men's basketball office.
Jerod Haase and C.B. McGrath, former teammates in Kansas University's men's basketball backcourt, are joining forces again -- this time as administrative assistants on KU's coaching staff.
The two former guards will work part-time for coach Roy Williams while continuing their education in graduate studies at KU. They will share duties previously held by Ben Miller, who was promoted to full-time assistant coach last month.
Haase and McGrath will oversee video coordination, equipment and numerous other administrative duties.
"I am ecstatic we will be able to have C.B. and Jerod be involved with the daily operations of our program," Williams said. "The fact they can continue with school as they pursue their graduate degrees makes it even better.
"Ben Miller did so many things for us it would be impossible for one person to do the job and still be a student. C.B. and Jerod are a perfect fit.
"Our hope," Williams continued, "is at the end of next season, C.B. and Jerod will have been exposed to college basketball from a different perspective than what they received as players. This will help them immensely as they will be prepared to be full-time coaches after next season."
Haase and McGrath, who will not be allowed to sit on the bench and have on-court coaching duties, want to be college head coaches. Haase is pursing a masters in business; McGrath a masters in sports administration.
"My general reaction is I am thrilled," said Haase, a three-year starter at KU from 1995-97 after transferring from Cal.
"I have thought about coaching for quite a while. To have an opportunity to work under coach Williams ... I am speechless. C.B. is a great friend of mine. We'll have fun together and hopefully contribute something positive to the program."
McGrath, a Topekan who earned four letters at KU from 1995-98, worked as an assistant sophomore boys basketball coach at Lawrence High last season.
He also worked part-time in the KU basketball office.
"I got the Lawrence High thing to see if I liked coaching," McGrath said. "I worked in the basketball office to see what went on there. I really liked both. I think it's what I want to do."
They will find out for sure next school year.
"Coach Williams put it best. He said he hopes C.B. and I have a good feel for everything that goes on in the basketball office," Haase said. "We'll do a lot of different things.
"I see it as a great start. My goal in life, when I talk to my grandkids, I don't want them to say, 'Jerod Haase played basketball at KU.' I want that to be an afterthought. I want to accomplish much more in life."
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