PHILADEPHIA – On the heels of the winningest season in University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball history, Quakers assistant coach Chris Day has been announced as the head coach of the women’s basketball team at the University of Vermont. The announcement came on Wednesday afternoon in Burlington, Vt.
“I’m excited for Chris that he’s getting this opportunity,” said Penn Head Coach Mike McLaughlin. “It’s well deserved, he has put a great deal of time and effort into our program here at Penn.”
Day recently completed his third year with Penn in 2015-16 and helped guide the Quakers to their third consecutive 20-win campaign. Primarily working with the Penn forwards, Day has helped coach the Ivy League Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year during his tenure with the Quakers and helped the squad to two Ivy League championships, two NCAA Tournament berths, and the first Big 5 title in program history.
The Quakers finished the 2015-16 campaign with a 24-5 overall record and 13-1 mark in conference action, earning their way to an NCAA Tournament berth and winning the Ivy League title for the second time in three seasons. Penn returns the reigning Ivy League Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in Sydney Stipanovich, as well as fellow first-team All-Ivy honoree Michelle Nwokedi.
“Chris has helped make our program better, and it’s an opportunity for him that he is ready for,” continued McLaughlin. “I wish him the best and he’s going to do extremely well.”
Prior to his tenure at Penn, Day’s previous coaching stops included Indiana, Saint Joseph’s, La Salle, Duquesne and Division III Widener University. He began his coaching career with the Main Line AAU girls’ basketball team in 1993.