Jay Stephenson

Jay Stephenson

Player Profile

Head Coach

4th year

Coach Jay Stephenson begins his fourth year as Shorter College head cross country coach, and also serves as an assistant coach for Shorter's track team. Last season, he coached the women's cross country team to a second place finish in the Southern States Athletic Conference championship, advancing three runners to the NAIA National Championships in Kenosha, Wis. In November, Stephenson coached the Lady Hawks' highest individual finisher in history at nationals to third place overall.

Additionally, Stephenson was named the SSAC Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2008.

Before coming to Shorter in 2006, Stephenson coached at Berry College for two years. While at Berry the men's team qualified for the NAIA Cross Country National Championship meet three times and the women's team qualified for the NAIA Cross Country National Championship meet two times. Also several individuals qualified for the NAIA Indoor and Outdoor National Championship meets. The teams had two Cross Country All-Americans and several Academic All-Americans in Cross Country and Track.

Coach Stephenson graduated from Berry College in 2003 with a B.S. in marketing concentrating in sports marketing, and a minor in coaching. As an athlete, Stephenson was a three time All-American at Berry College, twice in the 3000m Steeplechase and once in cross country. Coach Stephenson has pursued the scientific side of running through graduate study at Georgia State University and completed his Masters of Exercise Science in 2006.

Coach Stephenson is USATF Level I Certified and USATF Level II Coaching Certified. As an athlete, Coach Jay is still competing on the national level. He has PRs of 14:18 for 5k, 29:43 for 10k, and 8:53 for the 3k Steeplechase.

Shorter College Women's Cross Country
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