“It’s all about us kneeling and then Coach Shay supporting us through it all. People should want a coach who stands behind players through anything,” said the main goalkeeper. ETSU Jordan Coffin in a video retweeted by Shay’s daughter Peija. Shay. “For that to be part of why he has to quit, then I don’t want that to be part of that.”
Coach Shay grew up in my hometown of Galesburg and was a hero on the pitch. By the time of his graduation, he was the Silver Streaks 4th all-time scorer and the best 3-point shooter in Galesburg High School history.
Although Coach Shay has not spoken to reporters since leaving, he has contacted his high school basketball coach Barry Swanson.
“I’ve been texting Jason since this happened and he said he’s just trying to support his players,” Swanson said.
In February, Shay said at a press conference: “It was a call to action that our team decided to launch ahead of the season against racial inequalities and injustices.… Our intentions do not imply any case of disrespecting the flag of our country. “
Dr. Tom Davis trained Shay at the University of Iowa. Davis, who also coached at Stanford, Drake and Boston Universities, said he admired Shay but was not surprised but by what happened.
“Well you know nothing surprises me when you look at what’s going on in training,” he said. “It’s politics, politics, politics. It’s such a dominant topic in our society today. And the fact that it would go into sport at different levels: professional, academic, and even probably lower than this is not surprising. “