Jay began teaching in Schaumburg School District 54 in 1979. He has
taught 6th, 7th and 8th grade. As a junior high social studies teacher,
Jay has taught World History, American history and World Cultures. Jay
retired from teaching in June 2013.
Jay began his
coaching career at age sixteen when he
coached Little League and Colt League
baseball in Bloomingdale, Illinois. Over
six seasons his teams won nearly eighty
percent of their games.
Jay began training high school basketball players in the off
season in 1978. He helped several athletes earn college scholarships to Division I,
Division II, and NAIA schools. One athlete, Ivan Daniels, was a 1985 draft pick of the
Indiana Pacers. It was during this time that Jay began developing many of the training
techniques he uses for skill training, power training and mental training. Many of these
ideas can be found in Basketball FundaMENTALs: A Complete Mental Training Guide which was
released in the fall of 1986 and sold over 20,000 copies in English and has been
translated into German and Japanese as well.
Jay has coached girls and boys basketball in junior high for many
years producing several conference and tournament champions. He has also coached his
kid's youth league and travel basketball teams.