Jason Shay enters his second season as an assistant coach for the North Dakota men’s basketball program. On the court, Shay works primarily with the program’s post players and is also a recruiter at both the high school and junior college levels.
With UND’s berth in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament last season, Shay has now helped lead his teams to nine consecutive postseason berths at the Division I level.
Shay is a veteran assistant coach in the college ranks and was a high school rival of head coach Brian Jones as both prepped in west-central Illinois before going onto collegiate careers at Iowa and Northern Iowa, respectively.
Prior to joining the UND staff, he spent the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons as an assistant coach at Northwest Florida State College, helping lead the Raiders to a 62-6 overall mark and back-to-back Panhandle Conference Championships and appearances in the NJCAA Division I National Championship game.
His two seasons at the junior college in Niceville, Fla., followed a six-year stint as an assistant coach at the University of Tennessee. During his tenure in Knoxville, the Volunteers advanced to six consecutive NCAA Tournaments, including the program’s first Elite Eight in 2010.
The Volunteers also won the outright Southeastern Conference Championship in 2008 and UT averaged more than 25 wins per season during his time on the staff.
Shay’s first Division I assistant coaching gig came at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he was first the director of basketball operations for two seasons (2001-03) before being elevated to a full-time assistant prior to the 2003-04 season. The Panthers advanced to the NCAA Tournament in both of his seasons as an assistant coach before the staff moved on to Tennessee for the 2005-06 season.
After graduating with a master’s degree from Western Illinois in 1998, Shay spent two seasons as an assistant coach and sports information director at Mercyhurst (Pa.) College. He was a walk-on for the Hawkeyes and Dr. Tom Davis for four seasons and earned his bachelor’s degree from Iowa in health promotion in 1995.
Shay and his wife, Jana, have a daughter, Peja; and a son, Joah.