Jay Callahan, Soccer Coach and Sports Information Director at Salem College, reached his 100th career win on Sunday, September 28, as the Spirits defeated the Oglethorpe University Petrels in Georgia.
Callahan began his coaching career at Salem College in 2006 and is currently in his ninth season with the soccer team. During his time as coach, the soccer team has been awarded many distinctions, particularly through the Great South Athletic Conference (GSAC) – of which Salem College has been a member for five years.
Callahan is a two-time GSAC Coach of the Year (2012, 2013) and, in 2008, was named the Association of NCAA Division III Independents Coach of the Year. His current career record is 100-47-8.
In Callahan’s first year of coaching, the Salem Spirits went 1-15. They ended the following season at 15-1-2, for an improvement of 14 games, a NCAA Division III record. For six of Callahan’s eight seasons, the soccer team has won at least 10 games. Salem College is the only North Carolina Division III school to win 10 games each of the last five seasons.
Under Callahan’s leadership, the Spirits competed in the GSAC Conference Semi-finals every year that Salem has been in the conference. They also took home back-to-back GSAC Regular Season Titles in 2012 and 2013. Last season, the team won the GSAC Tournament before advancing to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Callahan has built a strong program at Salem. Soccer players have won the last five Salem College Anne Woodward Athlete of the Year Awards, and the team is home to three NSCAA All-South Region Award winners and three All-South Academic All-Region Winners. Callahan has coached one GSAC Player of the Year, one GSAC Tournament MVP, and one GSAC Freshman of the Year.
Callahan recruits the best and brightest students from all over the United States. With the help of Salem College admissions, he has brought more than 100 incoming students over the past eight years, representing 27 different states, including Alaska, Montana, Nevada, and California.
The 2014 Salem College soccer team is 8-2 for the current season and will play again on Wednesday, October 1, at home, as they take on Guilford College.
Published on September 29, 2014