Thursday , May , 11 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Jay Smith resigns from Central Michigan

Mount Pleasant, MI (Sports Network) – Central Michigan University
announced on Thursday that head men’s basketball coach Jay Smith has resigned
with one year left on his contract.

Smith spent nine seasons with the Chippewas and compiled a record of 95-160
during his tenure. The 95 wins under Smith is fourth best in CMU men’s
basketball history.

“We fully respect Jay’s decision to leave the coaching profession to spend
more time with his family,” said athletics director Dave Heeke. “During the
last nine years, Jay has operated a basketball program that has given this
university and community much to be proud of. He strived to maintain a program
with student-athletes who were positive representatives of CMU. As a credit to
his leadership, his teams earned two conference championships and had success
in the NCAA Tournament.”

In 2001 and 2003 Smith was named Mid-American Conference coach of the year.
His best season came during the 2003 season when the Chippewas won a school-
record 25 games and won the regular season and MAC tournament titles.