Jay D. Connor, Jr. captained the 1968 Towson (Md.) High School team that won the Baltimore County Championship. An attackman at the University of Virginia, he was a two-time first-team All-American. Connor was the offensive catalyst on national championship teams in 1970 and 1972, captained the lacrosse and soccer teams his final two years, was selected MVP in soccer in the Commonwealth his last year, and was chosen Virginia's outstanding athlete in 1972. He was selected to play in the 1972 North-South Collegiate All-Star Game.
Ten years later, he would coach in that event. In his seventh of eight seasons as head coach of Loyola College, he guided the Greyhounds to the runner-up position of the 1981 NCAA Division II Tournament and was awarded the Kraus Award as Coach of the Year in Division II.