Hawks Take Part In PHL 17 Segment; Griffin Contributes to "Real Women of Coaching" Project
Helping the Hawks to a 128-94 record and five postseason berths during his tenure, Chris Day just completed his seventh season with Saint Joseph's. Serving as second assistant his first three seasons, Day was promoted to be Cindy Griffin's top assistant in the spring of 2007.
Responsible for player development, recruiting and scouting, Day is in his sixth season working directly with the guards, after working with the post players for the 2005-06 season.
Guiding the Hawks to a spot in the 2010 WNIT, Day was instrumental in helping the squad increase its assist, rebound and steal totals last year. Additionally, he oversaw the development of freshman point guard Ashley Prim as she earned Big 5 Co-Rookie of the Year and Hawk Classic MVP honors.
Posting the team's first postseason win in seven years, the Hawks' backcourt flourished under Day's guidance in 2010-11 as SJU led the Atlantic 10 in three-point field goal defense and ranked third in assist-to-turnover ratio. Additionally, Prim and freshman Erin Shields ranked in the top 15 of the conference in assists and the top five in assist-to-turnover ratio, with Prim's play garnering her A-10 Sixth Player of the Year accolades and Shields to the A-10 All-Rookie Team.
The Philadelphia native joined Griffin's staff on June 15, 2005, after spending the 2004-05 season at Big 5 rival La Salle. In his first season, Day made an immediate impact on Hawk Hill as he helped develop the skills of the Atlantic 10 and Big 5 Rookie of the Year player Hillary Klimowicz. He has since had point guard Mary Kate McDade set a career-high with 160 assists in 2008-09, as well as seen Mariame Djouara earn All-Big 5 honors and Amy Gillespie receive Florida International Classic All-Tournament Team honors.
While with the Explorers, Day was responsible for scouting, junior college recruiting, guard development and organizing community service projects. In his lone season at La Salle, the Explorers earned the fourth seed in the A-10 Championship, their highest finish since the 1996-97 season.
In 2003-04, Day worked as an assistant at Duquesne. Focusing on guard development, he helped sharpen the talents of Candace Futrell to Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Year accolades and a third-round pick of the Connecticut Sun in the 2004 WNBA Draft. As a team, Duquesne won 10 A-10 games for the first time since 1998 and went 16-13 overall.
Prior to coaching at Duquesne, Day helped build a successful program at Division III Widener University. After working as an assistant during the 1999-2000 season, Day was appointed head coach in March 2000. Taking over a struggling program that had one winning campaign in its 17 previous years, the Pioneers improved from 7-17 in his first season of 2000-01 to 14-11 in his final year of 2002-03. He helped Widener to its first postseason appearance in 20 years, with a spot in the 2003 Commonwealth Conference playoff. Day also coached three student-athletes to All-Conference accolades during his tenure.
Also at Widener, Day served as assistant football coach from 1998-2002. Over five seasons, the Pioneers claimed the Middle Atlantic Conference Championship three times and earned a spot in the NCAA Final Four in 2000 and Elite Eight in 2001. From 1995 to 1999, Day served as assistant varsity and head junior varsity girls' basketball coach at his alma mater, Archbishop Carroll High School. Day began his coaching career guiding the Main Line AAU girls' basketball team from 1993 to 1997. He also spent the 1998-99 season as head coach of Fencor AAU.
A 1997 graduate of West Chester University, Day was a four-year letterwinner in both football and track. On the gridiron, Day helped West Chester to two Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference titles (1992 and 1994). A four-year All-Conference sprinter, Day earned the 1995 ECAC and PSAC Most Valuable Performer award after setting the conference record in the 200-meter and 400-meter dash, respectively. An active member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, Day currently resides in Downingtown, Pa., with his wife, Megan, and their four children, Christian (12), Olivia (8), Morgan (5) and Cassidy (2).