GREENSBORO -  Jerry Eaves has been relieved of his duties as the head men's basketball coach at North Carolina A&T, Director of Athletics Earl M. Hilton III announced today. Scott Bollwage will serve as interim head coach until a permanent replacement is hired.

Eaves' contract with the school expires May 30, 2013. Eaves finishes his tenure at A&T with a 99-180 record over nine seasons. He is third on the program's all-time wins list. In 2003, Eaves took over a one-win program. During his stint, he led the Aggies to wins over SMU, DePaul, Middle Tennessee State and was 2-0 against cross-town rival UNC Greensboro.

"I want it to be known that I have a tremendous amount of respect for Jerry Eaves and what he did for this program," said Hilton. "He has blessed the lives of so many young men through his associations with them as a mentor and as a positive male role model. Eaves' integrity as a man, a father, a husband, a coach and a professional are immensely impressive. I truly wish him the best in his future endeavors."

The Aggies finished the 2011-12 season 12-20 overall after losing to Howard 51-50 as the seventh seed in the first round of the MEAC Basketball Tournament at Lawrence Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C., on March 6. A nationwide search for Eaves' replacement will begin immediately.