Tom Jessee, head coach of the very successful Bluefield State College "Lady Blues" basketball team for the past nine seasons, has submitted his resignation to College officials, effective June 30. Jessee and his wife, Tiffany, (both of whom are BSC graduates) are moving to Florida where she will complete her medical residency requirements after graduating from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and he intends to continue coaching.
"Tom Jessee has done a wonderful job in establishing a firm foundation for our women's basketball program," BSC President Dr. Robert Moore noted. "His teams have finished either first or second in the conference in six of his nine seasons here. We wish Tom the best in his future endeavors."
"Bluefield State College is moving forward with steps to identify and select an outstanding successor as coach of the women's basketball program in the near future," Moore said.
Jessee's Lady Blues won four WVIAC championships and his teams reached the NAIA National Tournament in 1985 and '93. He coached the Lady Blues to a record of 177-85, including a 136-47 mark in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Conference. He was named NAIA District 28/WVIAC "Coach of the Year" in 1989. BSC placed 29 players on all-conference teams, and two on NAIA All-American teams during his nine year coaching career at BSC. He is the all-time winningest coach in the history of BSC women's basketball and his four-year players achieved a 99% graduation rate and placed one student-athlete on the Academic All-American team (1992). Jessee also chaired the WVIAC Women's Coaches' Association in 1990-91.