Elgin High School
Jay is inducted into the Elgin Sports Hall of Fame for his outstanding accomplishments in coaching basketball and as a "Friend of Sports". He is a graduate of Elgin High School where he played basketball. He spent 19 years coaching basketball, 12 of which were at the collegiate Division I Level. Jay served as assistant varsity coach at Elgin Community College prior to assisting Bill Chesbrough at Elgin High School for five years.
Jay became the assistant coach at Northern Illinois University for John MacDougal for two years, leaving to spend ten years in an assistant position under Joey Meyer at DePaul University. During this time, he helped develop eight players who played in the NBA. He was named "Most Visible Assistant Coach in America" in 1994 by Hoop Scoop Magazine and was the recipient of the NABC "Guardians of the Game Merit Award" in 2000.
Jay served as vice-president of the Assistant Coaches Committee of the NABC. He was technical advisor to Gatorade's "Be Like Mike" commercials and the CBS Television movie "Dreambreakers" and for over 20 years he worked at numerous basketball camps in the Chicagoland area. Jay's career was cut short by his early death at 44 years of age. In 2004 the Jay Goedert DePaul/Northern Illinois University Most Valuable Trophy was established in honor of his contributions to college basketball at those institutions.