The coaching search is over. After nine long days and interviews that took place in Houston, UAB has promoted former Associate Head Coach Rob Ehsan to Head Coach of the basketball program, making him the sixth head coach in school history.
Little surprise here as many fans of the UAB faithful took to social media to voice their support for Ehsan. Other possible candidates were Auburn’s assistant head coach Chuck Person, St. John’s Head Coach Steve Lavin, North Florida Head Coach Matthew Driscoll and most notably and biggest surprise – 17-year NBA veteran Jason Terry.
Many former players that played under Ehsan, and also many that played at UAB, said he would be the perfect fit for the hire.
UAB AD Mark Ingram said in a release “His (Ehsan’s) ability to develop young men and make them successful in the classroom, in the community, and on the basketball court makes Rob the perfect choice to follow the path the great Gene Bartow established nearly 40 years ago.”
Ehsan was an assistant under Haase all four years he was at UAB. Before landing in the Magic City, Ehsan previously coached at Maryland and Virginia Tech where he was an assistant there and was vital on the recruiting trial at both schools.
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Many were led to believe if UAB hired someone other than Ehsan some of the current players would look to transfer. Fans should not have to worry about that now as Ehsan will inherit a roster that lost one player from a year ago that went 26-7.
Expectations will be high again, but with Ehsan now as head coach look for him to continue the success and the solid foundation that has been set for UAB basketball.
Now, let the debate start on what they will call the basketball kick off event, which was previously know as Hoops on the Haasephalt. Also, may we see a section of Gang Green(The UAB Student Section) turned into the #RobMob?
UAB got this hire right as it keeps the current roster and the ’16 recruiting class intact. The future could not be any brighter for UAB basketball, and now with Head Coach Rob Ehsan at the helm the Blazers should be back dancing in no time.