Coach Jay Williams
Jay Williams is the distance coach for the 2019 track season.
Jay is one of the most successful distance coaches in the state of Pennsylvania. As an assistant and head coach at Haverford High School, Jay has won 37 Central League titles in cross country and track. He has coached 24 girls who have won medals at the PIAA State Meet (69 total medals, 10 gold medals), and he’s coached 22 boys who have won medals at the PIAA (35 total medals, 5 gold medals). He’s coached 19 Haverford Hall of Fame athletes. As head boys cross country coach (since 1999), his teams have compiled a 164-18 record in Central League competition. Over two dozen of his former runners have become high school coaches after college. Two former runners were members of the United States Olympic Team.
Jay attended Villanova University where he ran for Jumbo Elliott. He was a four-year letter winner in cross country, indoor and outdoor track. He was a member of 2 NCAA champion teams and 7 IC4A champion teams. Before coaching at Haverford, Jay coached at Hunterdon Central in Flemington, NJ, as well as Haverford Middle School.
When he’s not coaching, Jay rides his bike (he once made a 3,750 mile Atlantic-to-Pacific Ocean ride) and he collects vintage Lionel Trains as well as early mechanical music boxes (19th century Edison phonographs, Chautauqua roller organs, and a 1925 Seeburg Nickelodeon piano). His primary passion, outside of running, is steam-powered antique automobiles (from 1898 to 1925). He is currently restoring a Model 60 Stanley Steamer built in 1910.