A&T parts ways with former basketball coach Jay Joyner By Jeff Mills firstname.lastname@example.org Updated at 4:30 p.m.:
Jay Joyner, the 2018 MEAC coach of the year, coached his final game for N.C. A&T at Wake Forest in December. Allison Lee Isley/Journal
GREENSBORO — N.C. A&T and former men’s basketball coach Jay Joyner have officially parted ways, and Will Jones is the clear front-runner to become the Aggies’ next coach.
The university announced Joyner’s resignation this afternoon “effective immediately.
Joyner, the 2018 MEAC coach of the year, was suspended indefinitely in late December. Since then, no one at the university would discuss Joyner nor a reason for his suspension other than to call it “an ongoing personnel matter.”
He leaves with a 50-72 record in three full and two partial seasons, twice reaching the MEAC Tournament semifinals.
Joyner had two years left on his contract, which payed an annual salary of $165,000, and as part of the resignation settlement, he'll receive a year's pay.
“North Carolina A&T athletics is appreciative of the dedication coach Joyner contributed to the men’s basketball program first as an assistant and then as a head coach,” A&T athletics director Earl Hilton said in a news release. “We wish him all the best going forward.
Joyner’s last game as A&T’s coach was a 76-64 loss at Wake Forest on Dec. 21, the Aggies’ sixth loss in seven games since a victory over Nicholls in a Thanksgiving trip to the Jamaica Classic tournament.
Top assistant Jones was abruptly promoted to interim head coach on Christmas Eve, a few days before a loss at Illinois.
But the Aggies then flourished under Jones’ up-tempo style. They went 14-4 after Jan. 1, finishing second in the conference standings. A&T (17-15) had reached the semifinals of the MEAC Tournament when the season was shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Jones was named MEAC coach of the year.
A&T’s board of trustees meets Thursday, and it’s likely that Jones will have the interim tag removed and become the Aggies 11th head coach since 1952.