Jay Daniels was named Kalamazoo College's head swimming and diving coach on April 24, 2017 following a national search. Daniels was interim coach for the 2016-17 season after serving one year as an assistant in 2015-16.
As interim head coach in 2016-17, Daniels coached seven All-MIAA selections and one All-America performance. The men's and women's teams were recognized as Scholar All-America Teams by the College Swimming Coaches Association of American during the fall of 2016. As an assistant coach in 2015-16 the program produced seven All-MIAA selections and earned honorable mention All-America honors in two events.
A 2013 Kalamazoo College graduate and a swim team captain for the 2012-13 season, Daniels served two seasons (2013-15) as the assistant swimming coach at SUNY New Paltz, a nationally competitive program at the Division III level. During his time at New Paltz, Daniels assisted with all aspects of the program including meet preparation, event management and fundraising and recruiting, and was influential in the successful recruitment of 37 student-athletes during his two seasons.
In addition to his coaching experience at SUNY New Paltz and Kalamazoo, Daniels served as a coach at New Paltz Swim Camp, Hartwick College Swim Camp and Kalamazoo College Swim Camp. He also oversees Kalamazoo College's intramural sports program.