DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Just two months before the new season tips off, the UD women’s basketball team is without a head coach. After 13 seasons, Jim Jabir is stepping down.
Jabir cited personal reasons for resigning. He said this was the best job he ever had but he’s physically and emotionally exhausted and wants to take care of his family and personal health.
Rumblings of Jim Jabir’s resignation echoed throughout campus Wednesday.
“Whatever issues he has I hope he figures it out. But we’ll miss him,” said UD senior Adam Abele.
“I think it’s amazing. Thirteen years and just resigning for personal reasons,” said UD freshman Carley Roberts.
“I’m sure it wasn’t an easy call on his part,” said sophomore Olisamedua Okafor.
In a statement, Jabir said he’s given everything he had to the program. Head football coach Rick Chamberlin said Jabir should be proud of his accomplishments.
“He came into Dayton in a very tough situation. Our women’s basketball was not very good,” said Chamberlin. “The way he built that program through his mentoring, through his recruiting, through his basketball knowledge — being an alum here at Dayton, I was very proud of what Jim did for our women’s basketball program.”
As a coach, Chamberlin said he understands Jabir’s reasons for stepping down.
“Being the head coach, it’s not just about in our profession x’s and o’s. There’s so many other things you’ve got to deal with that it can wear on you,” said Chamberlin.
Flyer fans said Jabir will be missed.
“He made a big impact on the basketball program,” said freshman Maranda Lewis.
“We’re going to miss him for sure,” said Abele. “Women’s basketball has always done really well. And so I mean, he’s obviously a great coach.”
Mike Kelly, associate V.P. for athletics will oversee the team while they search for a head coach.