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Head Soccer Coach: Jay Callahan

Head Soccer Coach: Jay Callahan 

Other Positions: Sports Information Director, Director of Athletic Recruiting, Student-Athlete Advisory Council Advisor, NCAA South Atlantic Regional Advisory Committee Member

Office Phone: (336) 721-2648


Overall Record: 92-45-8 (7 seasons) 

jayheadshotJay Callahan is in his seventh year as the Head Soccer Coach of Salem College, a NCAA Division III program. He has led the Salem soccer program to 5 straight seasons with at least 10 wins, and 6 of the last 7 seasons. He was selected two years in a row as the Great South Coach of the Year (2012 and 2013) and the 2008 NCAA Association of Division III Independents (AD3I) Coach of the Year.

After his first team went 1-15, Callahan has led the Spirits to a 91-31-8 record in the past seven seasons for a winning percentage of 75%. Along with his head coaching position, Callahan is also Salem's Sports Information Director, Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) Advisor, and a P.E. instructor.

Under Callahan’s guidance, Salem College won the 2013 GSAC Regular Season and Tournament Title, and advanced to the NCAA DIII National Tournament. They won the 2012 Great South Regular Season Championship and lost the in the tournament championship game. They also won the 2007 AD3I Atlantic Region Championship 2-0 versus Green Mountain College (Vermont). He has had 12 players receive All-AD3I awards and three players receive Great South Athletic Conference end of the season awards. He led the 2009 team to the Great South semifinals in their first year in the conference. In 2010, Callahan led the Spirits to a regular season school record of 15 wins and to a second place regular season finish in the Great South. He also had five players selected to the Great South All-Conference team, and four to the All-Freshmen team in 2010.

During the 2011 season, the team once again made it to the Great South Semifinals. Salem had four players earn Great South All-Conference honors, two All-Freshman winners, and 12 All-Academic team winners.

In the 2012 season, the team lost in the championship game after winning the regular season championship. Salem had 7 GSAC All-Conference honors, 3 All-Freshmen, and 12 All-Academic winners.

During the summer of 2009, Callahan coached an under-19 women's team at the Gothia Cup in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Callahan graduated from the University of West Virginia in 2002 with a B.S. in Journalism. He also has his Master's Degree in Education.

For his first five years out of college, he worked in local autistic programs and as a teacher.

He enjoys spending time with his wife, Katie, and their newborn daughter, McKinley. The two were married in October of 2008. They have a Golden Retriever named Owen.

Education: B.S. West Virginia University, M.A.T. Salem College 

Coaching Experience: Salem College, Mt. Tabor High School (Winston-Salem, NC), North Forsyth High School (Winston-Salem, NC), Twin City Youth Soccer Association (Winston-Salem, NC), Carolina Dynamo (Team consisting of Autistic Players only), Counselor at North Carolina Girls Soccer Camp (UNC), Head Coach USA Atlantic Fury Women's U19 Team at Gothia Cup in Sweden

Coaching Credentials: NSCAA National Coaching Diploma 


Assistant Coach: Sara McCormack

soccercoachesSara McCormack just finished an excellent career at Pfeiffer University in North Carolina for the NCAA Division II program as a four year letterer and 2010 team captain. McCormack was selected to the North Carolina All-State Team in 2010, and to the All-South Region Team in 2009 as a defender. She was All-Conference Carolinas First-Team for the past two years, and helped lead Pfeiffer to the NCAA DII Tournament twice.

Assitant Coach: Thomas Moore
Assistant Coach: Mike Hollman
Assistant Coach: Rence Callahan

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