Former Tennessee assistant men’s basketball coach Jason Shay has interviewed for a coaching position at Northwest Florida State College in what would be a reunion with Steve Forbes.
Forbes, who was named coach at Northwest Florida last month, said Monday that Shay’s hiring is contingent upon the approval of athletic director Mickey Englett.
“For me, coaching at Tennessee was the dream of a lifetime,’’ the 37-year-old Shay said. “To coach in an environment like Thompson-Boling Arena in front of great fans was a tremendous experience.
“I’m looking forward to my next opportunity and challenge.’’
Forbes, Shay and former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl and associate head coach Tony Jones went before the NCAA Committee on Infractions in Indianapolis on Saturday.
All of the coaches have declined to comment on the specifics of the meeting, as requested by the NCAA.
Pearl said he anticipates Forbes and Shay will have great success coaching together.
“That will probably be the best coaching staff in junior college basketball,’’ Pearl said. “It’s good if they are coaching together. They will do a great job.
Northwest Florida State is an NCJAA Division I school located in Niceville, Fla. The team plays in a new $31 million arena and features former UT signee Chris Jones in its incoming class.
Shay, a former walk-on at Iowa when Pearl was serving as an assistant with the Hawkeyes to Dr. Tom Davis, has 13 years of coaching experience, the past 11 with Pearl at Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Tennessee.