Slay, who spent last season as an assistant at Tennessee State University, was also the Director of Basketball Operations for Georgia Southern University during the 2012-13 season. Prior to his college coaching experience, Slay was the top assistant coach at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia, one of the most prestigious prep schools in the country.
"I am thrilled to have Jason on our basketball staff," Bartow said. "Jason had an outstanding career as a college basketball player, and he has a very bright future ahead of him as a coach. He will be involved with all aspects of our program, but his primary responsibilities will be with recruiting and the skill development of our players. He will be a tremendous role model for our players."
Slay said the opportunity to join Bartow's staff was something he couldn't pass up.
"I am blessed and extremely excited about the opportunity Coach Bartow and the ETSU family has given me," said Slay, who is originally from Beckley, W.Va. "It was an opportunity I had to take. After meeting with coach Bartow on a couple of different occasions, I knew he was a guy that I could work for. He is a well-established coach and a proven winner. Everything checked out and it was a no-brainer when I was officially offered the job."
Slay joins a coaching staff that includes two other West Virginia natives, assistant coach Bob Bolen and Director of Basketball Operations Mark Richmond. Slay said those connections also played a huge role in his decision to come to Johnson City.
At Hargrave, Slay coached 10 players that signed national letters of intent to Division I programs. He also served as the team's director of individual development and summer training. The Tigers finished with a 38-8 record and made the National Prep Showcase Elite 8 in 2012-13.
Slay also spent four years from 2008-2012 at West Virginia State as the squad's associate head coach and recruiting coordinator. During that time, the Yellow Jackets won two West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships.
As a player at West Virginia State, Slay was a four-time captain and two-year starter. Playing guard, he guided his team to the NCAA Division II Sweet 16 three times (2004, 2006 and 2007) and the Yellow Jackets won back-to-back WVIAC Tournament Championships in 2006 and 2007. He received his undergraduate degree in General Education in 2008.