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Jason Shay
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Iowa
Graduating Year: 1995
Jason Shay Bio
Release: 11/28/2013
Jason Shay begins his second year as an assistant coach on the North Dakota basketball staff.

Shay is a veteran assistant coach at the Division I level 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.

In his first season at UND, the Green and White advanced to the Big Sky Tournament title game and advanced to postseason play for the fourth consecutive campaign, earning a berth in the Postseason Tournament.

Prior to arriving in Grand Forks, Shay spent the two previous 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, inlcuding 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 promotions in 1995.

Shay and his wife, Jana, have a daughter, Peija (12) and son, Joah (9).