Jake Moran is in his first season as a volunteer assistant coach at Villanova after spending the last 16 years as one of the team's two head coaches along with his brother, Joe Moran.
The final four seasons of the Moran brothers' head coaching tenure were among their most successful. In 2006-07, the team finished in second place at the highly competitive Rutgers Invitational, an event the Wildcats had placed 10th in the year before. Villanova went on to finish in the top half of the tournament field in each of the next two years. The team also posted strong finishes at the Hawks Invitational and the Bradford Creek Intercollegiate during the 2006-07 campaign.
Villanova was led by co-captain Steve Arnold in 2006-07, as the senior led the Wildcats in scoring for the second straight year. He posted a 74.85 stroke average for the season and earned two top-10 and four top-20 finishes in tournaments. Arnold was a key figure on the 2005-06 squad that captured the program's first-ever Big 5 trophy. Villanova beat out each its city rivals at the Big 5 classic in October 2005 to claim top city honors. Arnold earned medalist honors in the field of 69 golfers with an even-par score of 142 over 36 holes. He also finished in eighth place at the BIG EAST Championships in the spring as the Wildcats finished fifth out of 12 conference teams.
The current run of success for the program began during the 2004-05 season when Villanova captured the team title at the George Washington Invite. It was the Wildcats first tournament title since the 1997 season. The Wildcats also qualified for the Big East Tournament for the first time since the field was changed to six teams in 2000.
Moran arrived at Villanova in 1993-94 and that season the team captured the tournament title at the UMBC Tournament. In 1996 the Wildcats garnered second place finishes at both the Stabler Invitational and James Madison Invitational.
Moran is a member of the Philadelphia Country Club and Overbrook Country Club and is also an active member of the Villanova Alumni Association and Golf Alumni Association. He and his wife Sheila live in Berwyn. The couple has three children and eight grandchildren.