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Chris Day
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: West Chester
Graduating Year: 1997
Phone: 215-573-6174
Email: dayc@upenn.edu
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Chris Day will be entering his second season as an assistant coach with the Penn women's basketball team in 2014-15. 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 first season at Penn, the Quakers tied a school record with 22 wins and earned the program's first Ivy title since 2003-04. Day worked primarily with Penn's forwards, which included freshman Sydney Stipanovich, who won Ivy League Rookie of the Year and Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year honors with a school record 98 blocks, and Kara Bonenberger, who was named second-team All-Big 5 and second-team All-Ivy.  

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 Downington, Pa., with his wife, Megan, and their five children, Christian, Olivia, Morgan, Cassidy and Bryce.


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