Under Jay Cooney's direction, Stanford's goalkeeping annually has been among the best in the country, achieving the nation's best goals-against average in 2004 (0.43), second-best in 2008 (0.32) and 2011 (0.34), third-best in 2010 (0.45), ninth-best in 2012 (0.61) and 10th-best in 2009 (0.57).
Since Cooney's arrival at Stanford in 2003, the program's collective GAA is 0.55, and the Cardinal has been below 1.00 each year.
Cooney, in 10 seasons as goalkeepers' coach, helped develop Nicole Barnhart into a two-time All-America, Olympic gold medalist and national-team veteran. Barnhart, a volunteer assistant at Stanford, was third in the nation in GAA (0.44) in 2004 and holds Stanford career records in GAA (0.45) and shutouts (35).
Current Stanford goalkeeper Emily Oliver has been a three-time NCAA College Cup All-Tournament selection, and established herself as a 2011 third-team All-America with a goals-against average of 0.23, the second-best single-season average in Stanford history. Oliver's GAA was the best in the nation and she went on to become the Defensive MVP at the NCAA College Cup. All three of her seasons are among Stanford's top 10 for GAA.
In 2010, Kira Maker completed her career with a 0.57 GAA and 28 shutouts, figures that rank her third and fourth, respectively, in Stanford history.
Every starting goalkeeper Cooney has coached at Stanford has held opponents under 1.00 goals per game. All five regular starting goalkeepers during his tenure - Barnhart, Alex Gamble, Erica Holland, Maker and Oliver - are among the top 10 on Stanford's all-time career shutout list.
Cooney also coached goalkeepers for 2010 Women's Professional Soccer champion FC Gold Pride, where he continued to work with Barnhart, the league's Goalkeeper of the Year and a 2008 and 2012 Olympic gold medalist. Cooney previously coached the goalkeepers for the San Jose CyberRays, the 2001 Women's United Soccer Association champion. Under Cooney's guidance, San Jose goalkeeper LaKeysia Beene was honored as the 2001 WUSA Goalkeeper of the Year.
Before coming to the South Bay, the Wellesley, Mass., native served as an assistant coach at the College of William & Mary and as assistant director of Soccer Plus, a goalkeepers' school owned by Tony DiCicco, coach of the 1999 U.S. Women's World Cup team.
In 1999, Cooney was an assistant coach at Providence College and for the Under-18 and U-19 Greater Boston Bolts, and practice goalkeeper for the A-League's Boston Bulldogs. Previously, he was the head coach of the boys team at his alma mater, Wellesley (Mass.) High School (1993-98) and was the 1998 Bay State Coach of the Year.
Cooney's mother, Marge, founded Wellesley United, a girls' soccer club and was a huge influence and inspiration to her son.
Cooney and his wife, Greta, live in Menlo Park. The couple has three sons, Finn, Hayes, and Charlie.