Jay Howell enters his second season as head coach of women’s soccer at Randolph-Macon. In his first season with the Yellow Jackets, he led R-MC to the ODAC Quarterfinals. R-MC won the first four games of the 2014 season and posted a 9-8-1 record, the first winning record for the program since 2009. Howell helped produce two All-ODAC selections, one Phi Beta Kappa, one VaSID Academic All-State selection and had twelve student-athletes recognized for their accomplishments in the classroom as members of the ODAC All-Academic Team.
In addition to working at Randolph-Macon, Howell is the Executive Director of the Richmond Strikers Soccer Club and the Elite Clubs National League Director for Richmond United. Howell holds an USSF "A” License and is a Scout for US Soccer, Staff Coach for US Club Soccer’s id2 National Program and currently serves on the ECNL Board of Directors.
Prior to joining the Richmond Strikers, Howell was the Executive Director for the Birmingham United Soccer Association in Birmingham, Ala., from 2010-12 and served as the Director of Coaching for the Capital Area Soccer League (CASL) in Raleigh, N.C., from 1999-2010.
Howell graduated from the University of Richmond in 1989 with a B.A. in political science. He was the head coach of the women’s soccer varsity team at Douglas Freeman High School from 1993-97 and served as assistant coach for the men’s team at his alma mater from 1995-97. Howell also was club director and director of coaching for the Richmond Capitals Soccer Club from 1993-97.
In 1997, Howell moved to Chapel Hill, N.C., to become an assistant coach for the men’s soccer program at the University of North Carolina for two years. He handled administrative duties as well as daily training for the student-athletes. Howell helped rebuild the program into a national power.