Jason Terry, a sixth man of the year and NBA champion, currently play for the Houston Rockets. Now 38 years old in his 16th NBA season, his career playing basketball is winding down. This does not mean his involvement in basketball is over however.
Terry recently interviewed for the head coaching position at University of Alabama at Birmingham. This is a surprise because Terry has not said publicly yet that he is retiring at the end of the season. Terry also has no coaching experience on any level.
UAB’s head coaching job is open because previous coach, Jerrod Haase, left to become the head coach of the Stanford Cardinal. UAB athletic director Mark Ingram initiated the interview with Terry while in Houston last week. Terry has roots in the Birmingham community, which lead the information to be communicated to the search committee.
This news has garnered national not only for Jason Terry’s desire for coaching, but for UAB as well. The basketball program was very successful this season, going 26-7, first in Conference USA, and making it to the NIT losing in the first round to BYU. Surely they will find a coach to keep the program moving forward.
As for Terry, he wants to coach. Terry still has to finish the rest of the season out as they are fighting for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference. We patiently wait and see if he will retire at the end of the season.