ACE Head Coach/ Performers Coach
Jay has been coaching for 20+ years with experience at levels ranging from summer league to college. He is a graduate of the University of South Dakota where he was a four year letter winner and two year captain of the men's swim program. Following his swimming tenure, he was a volunteer assistant with the Coyotes, were he was able to work with numerous All-Americans and a national champion. He also assisted with the Yankton-Vermillion Area Swim Team where he was an age-group coach.
In 2000, Jay returned to coaching in Omaha, where he was the assistant coach of the Omaha Burke Men's team with head coach Rich Hood. While working with the men's program, he was able to work with numerous state qualifiers, All-Americans and Academic All-Americans. Jay took over as head women's coach in 2002. From 2002-2010, he coached State Champions and All-Americans, and he had at least two Academic All-Americans every year during that period.
Jay began as an assistant coach for ACE in 2009, and became the head coach in 2011. During his tenure, the club has grown from 80 swimmers to over 200, and he has coached state champions, All-Americans, sectional qualifiers, and junior national swimmers.
In 2013, Coach Thiltgen was inducted into the Metropolitan Conference Swimming Hall of Fame.
Jay is an art teacher at Elkhorn High School, and he is the head coach of the Stormin' Antlers women's swim program, after having been the assistant to both the men and women since 2010. Jay and his wife Shawna live in Bennington with their two daughters, Grace and Charlotte.