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Coach Jay Callahan Achieves 100th Win at Salem College
Jay Callahan has coached the Salem Spirits soccer team since 2006.
Winston-Salem, NC, September 29, 2014— 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.
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.
Founded in 1772, Salem is the nation's oldest continually operating institution for women. Salem College offers 37 undergraduate majors for women, coeducational graduate studies and programs for women and men ages 23 and over via the Fleer Center for Adult Education. For more information about Salem College, call (336) 917-5313 or visit www.salem.edu.