PHILADELPHIA — The University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team and head coach Mike McLaughlin officially announced Chris Day as an assistant coach on Tuesday. Day comes to Penn from Indiana, where he served as the associate head coach for the Hoosiers during the 2012-13 season.
"Chris is an exceptional addition to our coaching staff and we are excited for the remarkable experience he brings to the program,"McLaughlin said. "Chris has been around the Big 5 his whole life and has proven himself as an excellent recruiter locally and nationally at two great universities. He has an outstanding resume and is an admirable husband and father of four. We are extremely happy to have him and his family back in Philly."
"This was an incredible opportunity for me and my family to come back to Philadelphia," Day said. "I grew up in West Philadelphia. This is where I learned basketball. I know the great tradition of the Big 5 and all that the University of Pennsylvania has to offer so it was a no-brainer for us. Coach McLaughlin makes it easy to leave a prestigious school like Indiana University with all the success he had at Holy Family and now at Penn. I'm excited to be a part of everything he has started here."
A Philadelphia native and 1997 graduate of West Chester, Day spent last 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 appearances 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.
Prior to his stop in Duquesne, Day was vital in the building of 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 four children, Christian, Olivia, Morgan and Cassidy.