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What they’re saying about new ETSU basketball coach Jason Shay

ETSU • May 13, 2020 at 10:00 AM

“Jason Shay has won everywhere he’s been. Our historic runs at Milwaukee and Tennessee were a direct result of his brilliance as a player developer and tactician. I’m proud of Jason and Jana and so happy for their family.”

— Bruce Pearl, Auburn head coach

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“I’m extremely happy for Coach Shay and his family. He's the perfect coach for ETSU. He has the basketball smarts to lead and build a great program. He's also a first-class individual that cares more about his players as men than athletes. Big respect I have for Coach Shay.”

— Tobias Harris, current Philadelphia 76er who played at Tennessee for Shay

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“Jason has worked diligently his entire career for this opportunity, and he is more than deserving to be named the 17th head coach in the history of ETSU Basketball. Personally, I will miss working side-by-side with Jason. We have worked together 12 of the past 14 years and have amassed a record of 315-102 at ETSU, NW Florida and Tennessee, winning 75% of those games. He is a student of the game and his fingerprints can be found all over the success we have enjoyed at ETSU over the past five years. I had all the confidence in the world that Dr. Brian Noland would pick the right person for the job, and he did. Congrats to Jason, Jana, Peija and Joah! The future of ETSU Basketball is in the right hands!”

—Steve Forbes, Wake Forest head coach

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“Coach Shay is a great motivator and teacher. He easily relates to the student-athletes. He tells it like it is and wants to help every one of his players succeed. I know he will do great at ETSU. Proud to say that he coached me and helped me in my career.”

— C.J. Watson, 10-year NBA veteran who played at Tennessee for Shay

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“Coach Shay is the definitely the right guy for ETSU. He’s the coach the Bucs need to lead to them to more championship titles. He is very chill, laid back and easy to talk to. But once you step inside those lines, you feel that energy and passion he has for the game and the enthusiasm he has to see his players grow is like no other. Coach Shay bleeds basketball, literally. Even though we would go at it during practice, looking back on it, I knew he was pushing me to be better because a true coach knows you have to test your players to see if they would fold or not. After that five-minute VersaClimber he made me do one time in practice, I think he knew I wouldn’t fold, and as a coach, you love to know you can trust your players in the heat of the game.”

— Tray Boyd III, former ETSU guard

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“Jason Shay, like Steve Forbes, is a basketball coach and a really good one. During our time together in the SoCon, I admired greatly the ETSU program, their grit, toughness and how connected their teams were both offensively and defensively. Coach Shay had a lot to do with that and that program. Moving forward, they will continue to compete for championships every year. I am really happy for Jason and the Buccaneer fan base.”

— Mike Young, Virginia Tech head coach

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“This is a well-deserved honor for Coach Shay. He has a great basketball mind and is a teacher of the game. Coach Shay was a big reason my game improved from my sophomore to junior season. We lived in the gym working on my craft, and I am extremely happy for him and his family.”

— Chris Lofton, Tennessee guard from 2005-08

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“I’ve always had the utmost respect for Coach Shay as a person, coach and mentor. It’s the unseen hours he put in as an assistant coach that made us better players. The small things make the difference. That’s what ETSU stands on. We’ve had success over the last five years. It was only right to keep it in the family and keep it rolling. I trust him. I’ve always trusted him!”

— A.J. Merriweather, former ETSU guard

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“Coach Shay is a Basketball Genius!”

— T.J. Cromer, former ETSU guard

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