There was some major news that happened in college basketball, not only major, but shocking as well. Dayton’s legendary coach Jim Jabir has decided to step down due to personal reasons, per the university.
Jabir had this to say on his departure:
"I am resigning today from the best job I have ever had. Some of the greatest people I have ever known and coached are Flyers. Since the Elite Eight run in 2015, I have been emotionally and physically exhausted. I feel it's now time to take care of my family and personal health. I have given everything I had to the program and the University and I am very proud of what we have built over the past 14 years.
He leaves Dayton as the all-time wins leader in the school’s history. Under his belt the Flyers have earned a record of 252-155, which included six NCAA appearances (2010-2015) and the program’s first NCAA Elite appearance in 2015.
"Our amazing players and the program deserve the very best from their head coach and I feel at this time, I can't give them that. I want to catch my breath and spend time with my family, " added Jabir. "I look forward to returning to coaching someday. I will be cheering on the Flyers this season along with the best fans in the country."
Vice President and Director of Athletics Neil Sullivan shared his appreciation for the years Jabir has dedicated to Dayton.
"On behalf of the University of Dayton, I want to extend our deepest gratitude and sincere thanks to Coach Jabir for his years of service to the University. He elevated the women's program to national prominence and achieved historic levels of success. He has made a lasting impact on our program and the student-athletes he has served."
The university will conduct an expedited search for a new head coach. In the meanwhile, Mike Kelly, associate vice president for athletics and current program administrator, will oversee the team until the position is filled.