North Carolina A&T has announced a coaching change as Men’s Basketball Head Coach Will Jones will no longer be a part of the program.

Jones has been with the Aggies for two-and-a half seasons, originally taking over the program on an interim basis before taking a permanent position before the 2020-21 season. He leaves with a 37-35 record and a 24-15 mark against conference opponents.

Assistant coach Phillip Shumpert will be taking over for Jones interim basis while the school conducts a national search to fill the head coaching vacancy following the 2022-23 season. 

“We appreciate all that coach Jones accomplished for the North Carolina A&T men’s basketball program and wish him well in his future endeavors,” said Earl Hilton, NCAT Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. “We will rally around coach Shumpert as he prepares our young men for our first season in the CAA (Colonial Athletic Association).”

The university says that they cannot provide further comments on the move due to university policy. However, HBCU Gameday reports that a source said Jones had recently been suspended, but he was expected to get at least one more year before Thursday’s news.