ATHENS, Ohio– The Ohio women's basketball team has hired former Florida Gulf Coast standout and Avon Lake, Ohio native, Steph Haas as their new assistant coach, head coach Bob Boldon announced today. Haas has spent the last two seasons at FGCU as their Video Coordinator after a four-year playing career with the Eagles.
"We are very excited to add Steph to our staff," Boldon said. "She has a working understanding of what we are trying to accomplish both offensively and defensively. She has proven time and time again that she is willing do any responsibility that is asked of her to help the team succeed. She comes with the highest recommendation from Karl (Smesko), a coach that I have a tremendous amount of respect for."
As video coordinator at FGCU, Haas oversaw all aspects of film breakdown and video needs. She was responsible for supplying the coaching staff with appropriate film for analysis and opponent scouting. Her responsibilities also included editing video and handling film exchange.
"I am grateful for this opportunity to advance my career and work under such a respected coach in Bob Boldon," Haas said. "I am excited to work with the entire Ohio coaching staff and look forward to becoming part of such a great program. I want to thank everyone at FGCU for my time spent there in preparing me to take this next step."
Haas began her four-year student-athlete career as a walk-on in the summer of 2012, earning a scholarship by the summer of 2013. During her time at FGCU, Haas was a two-time Atlantic Sun Scholar Athlete of the Year, a two-time member of the DI-AAA Scholar Athlete Team and earned
On the court, Haas finished her career ranking top-10 in the program in career points (1138), field goals (414), free throws made (199) and rebounds (365) and became the university's ninth 1,000-point scorer in a win at NJIT on Feb. 13, 2016. Haas helped the Eagles to two NCAA appearances, two WNIT appearances and helped lead FGCU to their first ever NCAA Tournament victory.
On top of her academic accolades, Haas was named a CoSIDA All-District 4 honoree in 2015. She appeared in all 34 games with 18 starts and averaged 22.3 minutes per game as a junior. Haas was named the team's Most Improved Player at the end of both her sophomore and freshman seasons with the Eagles. During her first year, she appeared in 32 games, making one start and averaged 12.0 minutes and 3.9 points, while shooting .353 from behind the arc.
"I am so excited for Steph," FGCU head coach Karl Smesko said. "This is a great opportunity for her and she gets to move to an on-floor coaching position in an excellent program. Coach Boldon is an outstanding coach; so, it will be a great learning experience. Steph is extremely bright and she has an excellent work ethic. She will be a great assistant."
Prior to her time at FGCU, Haas was a standout at Magnificat High School where she was a three-year letterwinner and averaged 19.7 points and nearly three assists a game to earn a third team All-Ohio selection as a senior. She helped led the Blue Streaks to a 20-4 record and a Division I District Championship, which was the program's first since 2002. As a junior, she averaged 14.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.8 steals and earned All-Ohio special mention, first team All-District and Cleveland Plain Dealer Player of the Week honors.