Salem College

Winston-Salem, NC 27101
North Carolina Southeast
Private Very Small Developing team


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Jay Callahan

Overall Record: 155-58-10 72% winning % (12 seasons)

Jay Callahan is in his tenth year as the Head Soccer Coach of Salem College, a NCAA Division III program. He has led the Salem soccer program to 8 straight seasons with at least 10 wins, and 9 of the last 10 seasons. He was selected four years in a row as the Great South Coach of the Year (2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015) and the 2008 NCAA Association of Division III Independents (AD3I) Coach of the Year.

In 2016, Salem went 18-2-1 in their first season in the USA South Athletic Conference. The Spirits won their fifth straight regular season title. The Spirits became the first program at Salem to be ranked regionally in the South Region Polls. Salem finished their season as runner-ups in the tournament after falling in the USA South Championship match.

After his first team went 1-15, Callahan has led the Spirits to a 141-39-9 record in the past nine seasons for a winning percentage of 78%. Along with his head coaching position, Callahan is also Salem's Director of Athletic Communications and a P.E. instructor.

He has had three players earn conference player of the year honors. Callahan has coached four players to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Scholar All-South Region team. He has coached five players to the NSCAA All-South Region team. The soccer team has won the Team Academic Award by the NSCAA every year they have been eligible.

Under Callahan’s guidance, Salem College won the 2013 GSAC Regular Season and Tournament Title, and advanced to the NCAA DIII National Tournament. The team repeated both titles and headed back to the NCAA Tournament in 2014. In 2015, they won their fourth-straight Great South GSAC Regular Season title. They fell in a shootout in the GSAC Championship and finished with a 15-2-1 record.

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 five 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 two children, McKinley (6) and Hudson (3). The two were married in October of 2008. They have a Golden Retriever named Owen and a beagle named Crosby, plus a cat named Flo. He also enjoys writing in his spare time and has a novel, Collisions, under the name J. McLain Callahan, plus a popular local blog at

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

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Thomas Moore

Thomas Moore finished his fifth season as an assistant coach for Salem College. During his time as a coach, the Spirits have gone 82-16-3 and won four straight Great South Athletic Conference (GSAC) regular season titles and two GSAC tournaments. In 2016, the Spirits won the USA South Regular Season in their first season in the new conference.

Moore is the varsity head women's coach at his alma mater of R.J. Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem. High school soccer in North Carolina competes in the spring, which is the non-traditional season for the Spirits.

As part of his position, Moore is also pursuing his Masters of Education in the Salem College Graduate School of Education. He will be a part-time history teacher at Reynolds this year.

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