J. McLain Callahan enjoys spending time with his wife, Katie, and their two children, McKinley (5) and Hudson (2). The two were married in October of 2008. They have a Golden Retriever (Owen) and a beagle mix (Crosby). In 2013, he published his first novel, Collisions.
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 7 straight seasons with at least 10 wins, and 8 of the last 9 seasons. He was selected four years in a row as the Great South Coach of the Year (2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015).
After his first-team went 1-15, Callahan has led the Spirits to a 124-38-9 record during the past nine seasons for a winning percentage of 77%. 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.
Callahan graduated from the West Virginia University 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.