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The European sports clubs establish a healthy environment for sport. Sport should bring people together; that’s what I learned there.


As a successful multi-sport coach, do you believe in carry-over coaching from one sport to another?


I also learned that coaches don’t develop players; they create an environment for players to develop. That may break many coaches’ hearts, but it’s true.


Yes. It involves borrowing from other good coaches’ approaches to mental preparation and motivation. I used many lacrosse tactics and techniques when I first began coaching soccer here. I also learned that coaches don’t develop players; they create an environment for players to develop. That may break many coaches’ hearts, but it’s true. Our facility at OWU is modeled after


European clubs, designed as a place that players look forward to coming to and that motivates them to be better players. That’s my biggest take away from Europe.


Career victory 608 – what was the build up like?


The sports information director came to me and said, “Jay you have a chance to be the career victory leader this year.” I have to say I had no clue. That isn’t why I coach. It’s nice that it happened, but it really came out of nowhere for me. So afterward, when people asked me what I was thinking, I said “609.” (Jay ended the 2012 season, his 36th, at 13-3-5 for a career 621-118-54 record).


What are the expectations for future seasons?


My expectations? No different than ever. We’ve been in the tournament 33 of my 36 years here, and won our conference a ton of times. We are always the biggest game on everyone’s schedule, national champi- onship or not. That’s how it is; every game is huge. When someone


beats us, it looks like they won the World Cup. We go out to win and perform on the highest level. We schedule the best teams. If a team on our schedule plays under .500 for two years, they’re dropped and we find someone better. It makes people mad, but I want my guys playing against the best and they do, too.


Most memorable games?


My first win, of course, but the one against Ohio Northern in the 2011 NCAA Championship Quarterfinals stands out. They went up 2-0 at the half, a difficult deficit to overcome. With 18 minutes left, it’s still 2-0, but we scored three tremendous goals to win. The last goal by Travis Wall, our NCAA Player of the Year, was spectacular. He went through three defenders to score at an impossible angle. He tried to replicate the shot 100 times after that in practice and couldn’t do it. Amazing stuff.1


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