L. Jay Caldwell
Biographical details
Born(1871-06-19)June 19, 1871
Ephratah, New York
Died1950 (aged 78–79)
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
Alma materColgate University (1897)
Harvard University
Playing career
c. 1891–1896Colgate
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1893, 1895Colgate
Head coaching record

L. Jay Caldwell (June 19, 1871 – 1950) was an American football player and coach. He was the fourth head football coach at Colgate University and he held that position for two seasons, first in 1893 and then returning for 1895. His overall coaching record at Colgate was 7–2–2.[1] He was born in Ephratah, New York in 1871.[2] He married May Thorne on July 20, 1904 in Jamaica, New York.

Caldwell later taught mathematics at a high school in Amsterdam, New York. In 1913, he was teaching at an Orange, New Jersey high school.

By the 1940 United States Census, Caldwell and his wife were retired and living in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. He died there in 1950.[3]

Racial integration

Caldwell coached the university's first African-American football player in 1895. Unfortunately, no records were kept of the player's name, but a photograph (left) does exist.[4]

Head coaching record

1895 Colgate football team
Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Colgate (Independent) (1893)
1893 Colgate 3–0–2
Colgate (Independent) (1895)
1895 Colgate 4–2
Colgate: 7–2–2
Total: 7–2–2


  1. ^ Colgate Sports[permanent dead link] 2007 Football Media Guide
  2. ^ "A general catalogue of Colgate university issued in April MCMXIII at Hamilton, New York". [Hamilton, Colgate university. 1913.
  3. ^ "L. Jay Caldwell (1871-1950) - Find a Grave".
  4. ^ Leather helmets and the flying wedge (The Colgate Scene, September 2004)