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NIC's Jared Phay to serve as interim men's basketball head coach

North Idaho College Athletics Director Al Williams announced today that current men's basketball assistant coach Jared Phay will serve as the interim head coach for NIC's men's basketball team this season. “The interest in the men's basketball head coaching position was even more extensive than I envisioned at this time of the school year, and the pool of candidates was impressive,” Williams said. “However, after further consideration I decided to remain in-house and appoint Jared on an interim basis for the upcoming season.” Former NIC men's head basketball coach Hugh Watson announced his resignation earlier this month after accepting a head coaching position at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn. Phay worked with Watson as the men's basketball assistant coach at NIC since 2002. “The current basketball team members were mostly recruited by Coach Phay and their expressed desire to have him as their coach made an impression on me,” Williams said. “I believe he'll do a fine job as interim head coach and the players will work hard for him.” Phay graduated from Falls Christian Academy in Post Falls in 1994 and went on to become the assistant varsity coach there for three years. He later became head coach and took the team to state both of his two years as head coach from 1998 to 2000. Phay was a graduate assistant coach at the University of Idaho from 2000-2001 and assistant coach for nationally-ranked Motlow State College in Tennessee from 2001-2002. Phay holds a master's and a bachelor's degree in physical education from the University of Idaho and earned an associate's degree from NIC in 1996. “I'm very appreciative of the support that I've received from NIC athletics and from the men's basketball team,” Phay said. “I'm just grateful to have this opportunity.” Men's basketball practice begins Oct. 1 and the season will kick off in November. “Trust is a very important element in coach and player relations,” Phay said. “The team trusts me and I trust them and we need that going into the season.” Williams said Phay will serve in the men's basketball head coaching position in the interim until the end of the season when the position will be reevaluated. Williams is expected to decide who will fill the assistant coaching position soon.

For More Information
NIC Athletics Director Al Williams, (208) 665-5458, or NIC Interim Men’s Basketball Head Coach Jared Phay, (208) 769-5975

Posted: Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2004

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