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Stanford men's basketball adds a new assistant coach

 

Boasting nearly three decades of coaching experience, Jeff Wulbrun has joined the Stanford men's basketball program as an assistant coach, new head coach Jerod Haase announced on Monday.

"Jeff is a tremendous addition to Stanford," Haase said. "He embodies everything I believe in and will be an asset to the team on and off the court. He has proven for many years he is an elite-level recruiter and coach."

Over a successful coaching career that spans 26 years (16 years in college and 10 in high school), Wulbrun has helped guide three different collegiate programs – California, Illinois State and UAB – to the NCAA Tournament.

He comes to Stanford following four years on Haase's coaching staff at UAB. He served as the Blazers' associate head coach each of the past two seasons.

At UAB, he was part of a coaching staff that guided the Blazers to 80 wins over the past four seasons, including the 2016 Conference USA regular-season championship and the 2015 conference tournament title. In 2015, UAB earned its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2011 and captured the Blazers' first win in the NCAAs since 2005.

Wulbrun worked with the post players at UAB, helping recruit and mentor all-conference selections Chris Cokley and William Lee the past two seasons. Under Wulbrun's tutelage, Lee finished the 2015-16 season eighth in the nation in blocked shots, averaging 2.9 bpg.

Prior to UAB, Wulbrun served on the staff at Virginia Tech (2011-12), Illinois State (1993-97) and California (1986-93).

Wulbrun was an assistant coach at California under Lou Campanelli for seven seasons where he helped lead the Golden Bears to five postseason appearances. Cal averaged nearly 17 wins per season. During his time in Berkeley, Wulbrun helped sign Haase out of South Lake Tahoe High, along with Jason Kidd and Lamond Murray. Wulbrun also coached three-time NBA All-Star Kevin Johnson, who is now in his seventh year serving as the Mayor of Sacramento.

— Stanford Athletics

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