Will came to Knoxville in 1997 to study and run track at the University of Tennessee. Upon graduating in 2001 he found himself at Knoxville West HS Track serving as a volunteer coach with the Long and Triple Jumpers. As he began to realize that coaching may be his calling, he felt he had to continue his education of the sport. By the summer of 2004 Coach Jay had completed the USATF Level I certification, the Level II in Jumps (long, triple, high and pole vault), and the Level II in Sprints, Hurdles, and Relays. He believes his pursuit of continuing his education as a track coach makes him a better instructor and does not wish to rely solely on his former athletic performances.
In 2014 Coach Jay received the highest coaching level offered by both the IAAF and USATF in the Jumps discipline, by earning his Level 5 and Level 3 certifications offered by each organization. By constantly trying to stay up to date on the latest training protocols being used around the world in the sport of track and field, Coach Jay believes his athletes have the greatest chance to live up to their potential in the sport.
Will coaches out of the Greater Knoxville Area. Athletes from all over Knox County as well as several others from Anderson, Blount, and Loudon counties have sought him out for his expertise in all of the track and field disciplines.
Coach Jay has coached TSSAA (TN) State Champions in the 100m, 100mH, 300mH, 800m, Pentathlon, 4x100m, 4x400m, and 4x800m Relays. In 2008 he worked with the Girl's Relay Team which broke and currently holds the TN State 4x400m Record with a time of 3:51.12. Coach Jay also personally coached 2-Time USATF Junior Heptathlon Qualifier and 2010 Nike Indoor National Pentathlon Champion, Maddie Treasure. He has over 10 years experience in coaching youth athletics in the Knoxville Area.
Coach Jay was born and raised in New Orleans, LA. The former sprinter and jumper has personal bests of 10.54(100m), 21.60(200m) and 23'1.5"(L J).