Otero Junior College women's basketball coach Taylor Shaffer has resigned from his position. He is leaving OJC to pursue an opportunity with the United State Basketball Association (USBA) in China.

"Although I am sad to say goodbye to my team, we have a strong group put together for the coming season, and whoever takes on the role as head coach will have a good foundation to work from," Shaffer said. "I wish the team the best of luck in the upcoming season."

Shaffer has coached at OJC for three years, two of those as head coach and one as an assistant coach. Before coaching at OJC, Shaffer attended Otero as a student-athlete on the men's basketball team. He received a bachelor's degree in history from Colorado Mesa University after receiving an associate's degree from OJC.

Shaffer explained that he has enjoyed everything OJC has been able to offer him. After being a student at OJC, he was thrilled when the opportunity to be an assistant coach under head coach Aubrey Boehme became available. Shaffer reflects on the experience OJC has given him personally and professionally. He said he is thankful for what he has been able to accomplish and is energized by all he has done so far in his career.

"Coach Shaffer has a once in a lifetime opportunity to go overseas and coach basketball," said OJC athletics director Gary Addington. "Chances like these don't come around very often. We thank coach Shaffer for his time as a player and coach. Although we are saddened to be losing him, I congratulate him on behalf of Otero Junior College and wish him the best."

For more information, contact Addington at (719) 384-6859 or Gary.Addington@ojc.edu.