Smith, two-time MAC coach of year, resigns

Updated: May 11, 2006, 11:53 AM ET
Associated Press

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- Jay Smith resigned as Central Michigan's basketball coach on Thursday after nine years and two Mid-American Conference titles.

The Chippewas were 95-160 overall and 52-110 in the MAC under Smith. The 95 victories rank fourth in Central men's basketball history.

"We fully respect Jay's decision to leave the coaching profession to spend more time with his family," athletics director Dave Heeke said.

Smith was chosen MAC coach of the year twice after leading Central to regular-season championships in 2001 and 2003.

The 2003 team won a school-record 25 games and the MAC tournament title. The Chippewas won their first-round NCAA Tournament game over Creighton before losing to Duke in the second round that season.

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