The ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced on Tuesday that men’s basketball head coach Jason Shay has resigned his position.
“Earlier today Coach Jason Shay shared with me his intention to resign as head men’s basketball coach at East Tennessee State University,” said Director of Athletics Scott Carter. “I fully respect Coach Shay’s decision and have accepted his resignation. Coach Shay is part of our championship history at ETSU, and I thank him and his family for the effort they have given to our university.
Coach Shay spent the last six years with the ETSU men’s basketball program – five as an assistant and one as a head coach.
“After much consultation and deliberation, I have decided it is in the best interest of myself, my family and the ETSU men’s basketball program to no longer continue as the head basketball coach,” said Shay. “This past year has been extremely challenging for me in many different ways. It is the right time for a new challenge and an opportunity to reset my personal and professional goals. I want to thank Dr. Noland, Scott Carter and Dr. Sander for the opportunity at ETSU and wish them the best of luck moving forward.
“To my players and staff, thank you for all of your hard work, dedication and belief in me and our program. Leaving you will be the most difficult part as I truly love each and every one of you. Thank you to Buc Nation for your continued support and cheers, your unwavering energy and enthusiasm is what makes ETSU such a special place. Johnson City has been home for the past six years, and our family will always hold a special place in our hearts for the community and support.
“As I say goodbye and have an opportunity to reflect, I will cherish how fortunate I was to develop so many amazing relationships and be part of a special program. The championships and memories will never be forgotten.”
The search for ETSU’s next head coach will begin immediately.
“ETSU Basketball has a storied tradition and our basketball coach has a very special opportunity to lead in our region,” said Carter. “The support of the ETSU Basketball program is extraordinary, and I look forward to welcoming our next head coach that is excited to lead our basketball program and represent our region.”