Jay Powell steps down as Gulf Coast men's basketball coach

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Gulf Coast men's basketball program is now in need of a new head coach.

Jay Powell confirmed to NewsChannel 7 on Wednesday that he had turned in his resignation, stepping away from the job he's held the last 12 years.

Powell said that after more than a decade on the Commodores bench, he felt it was time to move on, adding since he was 16, he always felt he would eventually move into a more spiritual way of life,

Powell has been a pastor at a local church for about three years and plans to expand on his role there.

Powell was born in Rome, Georgia, grew up in Benton, Kentucky, and earned his degrees from Murray State and Concordia in California.

In 2009, the Commodores made it to the state title game, losing by just three points--likely the highlight of his career though is seeing more than 50 young men move on to four year programs, even more moving on to get four year degrees.

Powell confirmed he felt the support from Gulf Coast was "awesome" all seasons on the job.

Expect the college to make a more formal announcement about Powell's resignation and how it intends to move forward towards a replacement sometime Thursday.