UD Women’s Basketball coach to step down

Dayton head coach Jim Jabir walks along the sideline during the first half of a regional final game against Connecticut in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament Monday, March 30, 2015, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Jim Jabir, the University of Dayton Women’s Basketball head coach will step down from his position, effective Wednesday.

Jabir cited personal reasons for his absence.

“I am resigning today from the best job I have ever had,” said Jabir. “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.”

Jabir is the all-time wins leader in program history, according to a press release from the University of Dayton. During his tenure as head coach, the Flyers have earned a record of 252-155 at UD including six NCAA appearances for the Flyers (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) – along with the program’s first NCAA Elite Eight 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, “ Jabir said in a statement. “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.”

He will be replaced by Mike Kelly, associate vice president for athletics and current program administrator, will oversee the team while an expedited search for a new head coach is conducted.

 

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