Tight battle was staged Saturday in the 'Cats BIG EAST opener
After serving three seasons as an assistant coach, BJ Callaghan was elevated to the role of Associate Head Coach in May of 2011.
"B.J. has done a tremendous job in his past three seasons with our team," stated head coach Tom Carlin. "I trust him with every aspect of this program and I view him as one the top future head coaches in the country. His hard work and tireless pursuit of finding creative solutions for any problem that pops up on a daily basis makes him an extremely valuable resource to this program.
"As the goalkeeping coach, B.J.'s energy, knowledge and enthusiasm have been contagious with Chris Bresnahan and John Fogarty. His has developed them into great young men and extremely hard working and talented goalkeepers."
Callaghan assists the soccer staff with recruiting and on-field teaching. He joined Carlin's first Villanova staff in the spring of 2008 and then became the lead assistant in both 2009 and 2010. During this time he has helped the Wildcats build a solid foundation of young talent that has produced three straight BIG EAST Tournament appearances and has a bright future ahead.
Prior to this, Callaghan had served as the No. 1 assistant in the women's program at Villanova.
In 2006 with the women's team, Callaghan was instrumental in helping the defense have its best season in program history. Villanova allowed just 11 goals all season long, the fewest in a single-season in the team's 24-year history as a varsity sport. Along the way, the Wildcats posted 15 shutouts in 22 games. Villanova opened the season with a 15-game unbeaten streak (15-0-2) and was scored on just twice in that span. In the midst of that stretch, the Wildcats posted seven straight shutouts and went a program-record 769:52 without allowing a goal.
Callaghan spent much of his time that season working with goalkeeper Jillian Loyden, who became the first player in school history to be a first team NSCAA All-America selection.
Prior to his arrival at Villanova, Callaghan was an assistant coach for two seasons at Saint Joseph's University. He handled recruiting and travel for the Hawks while working with the team's defense.
The first stop in Callaghan's coaching career came at his alma mater, as he served as an assistant coach to the Ursinus men's soccer team after graduating from the school as a four-year letterwinner. He served as team captain his senior season, when he played in 18 games and logged 952 minutes in goal.
At the club level, Callaghan is currently the Director of Goalkeeping for the FC Delco Soccer Club.
Callaghan is the grandson of long-time Villanova men's basketball coach Jack Kraft. In leading the men's basketball program for 12 seasons from 1961-73, Kraft amassed 238 victories and a .715 winning percentage.
A 2003 graduate of Ursinus, Callaghan earned a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Business Administration. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Education at Villanova. He was certified with a USSF A License in in 2009 and received NSCAA Goalkeeping certification in April 2008.
Callaghan and his wife Leigh reside in Conshohocken, Pa. They have a daughter Lili.