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Chris Day enters his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Penn women's basketball team in 2016-17. Day, who previously served as associate head coach at Indiana, is a Philadelphia native and spent seven years at Saint Joseph's and three seasons as head coach at Widener.

In his three seasons at Penn, Day has helped guide the Quakers to three consecutive 20-win campaigns which included the winningest season in program history, the program's first-ever Big 5 title, two Ivy League championships and two NCAA Tournament berths.  

Day works primarily with the Penn forwards and has coached the Ivy League Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in each of his three years with the Quakers. Sydney Stipanovich, who won Ivy League Rookie of the Year in Day's first season, is the first Penn player to earn back-to-back Ivy Defensive Player of the Year honors. In 2015-16, Stipanovich became the Ivy League Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year – the first time any player has earned both honors in the same season. She also joined the 1,000 point club and became Penn’s all-time leader in blocks alongside a slew of Ivy accolades.

Additionally over the last three seasons, Day also developed Kara Bonenberger and Michelle Nwokedi. The former joined Penn's 1,000-point club, finished fifth all-time in career blocks at Penn and earned a pair of All-Ivy accolades while Nwokedi is quickly rising the ranks to become one of the top forwards in school history.

A 1997 graduate of West Chester, Day spent the 2012-13 season in Bloomington, Ind., where he helped Indiana double its Big Ten win total from the season prior. Day also oversaw a defense that held opponents to 50 points or less in five straight games - the first Hoosier squad to accomplish that feat since 1973-74.

Before arriving in Bloomington, Day served as an assistant at Saint Joseph's for seven seasons. He helped the Hawks to a 128-94 record, including 22 wins and WNIT victory in the 2011-12 season. Additionally, he helped the team to three straight postseason appearences from 2010-12 and at least 20 wins in his final two seasons with the program.

Prior to Saint Joseph's, Day was with another Big 5 program in 2004-05 when he served as an assistant at La Salle. That year, the Explorers earned a No. 4 seed in the A-10 Championship, the team's highest finish in eight years. In 2003-04, Day was an assistant at Duquesne where helped hone the talents of Candace Futrell, who was named A-10 Player of the Year and then went on to be drafted by the Connecticut Sun of the WNBA.

Day was also vital in building a successful Division III women's basketball program at Widener University. After working as an assistant in 1999-00, Day was promoted to head coach in 2000. He took over for a program that had just one winning season in its previous 17 years and went on to guide his team to a 14-11 record in 2002-03. That year, Widener made its first postseason appearance in 20 years.

Also at Widener, Day was an assistant football coach from 1998-2002. During those five years, the Pioneers won three conference championships and earned a spot in the NCAA Final Four in 2000 and the Elite Eight in 2001.

Day began his coaching career with the Main Line AAU girls' basketball team from 1993-97 and spent 1998-99 as the head coach of the Fencor AAU program. He is a 1997 graduate of West Chester University where he was a four year letterwinner in both football and track. On the field, he helped West Chester to two Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference titles. On the track, he was named conference Performer of the Year in 1995 after setting conference records in the 200-meter and 400-meter dash.

Day currently resides in Downingtown, Pa., with his wife, Megan, and their five children, Christian, Olivia, Morgan, Cassidy and Bryce.


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