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Indiana women's basketball associate head coach Chris Day speaks with IUHoosiers.com.
Chris Day joined the Hoosiers prior to the 2012-13 season as an assistant coach under head coach Curt Miller.
In his first season in Bloomington, Day helped guide Indiana to its most wins in three years, nearly doubling the program's win total from the year prior to the new coaching staff's arrival. In non-conference play, IU compiled a 9-4 record, marking just the third time since 2000 and the first time since 2006-07 that an Indiana team had won nine or more non-Big Ten games in a single season. To give some perspective, only three times in program history has an IU women's basketball team won more than nine games in non-league competition.
In Big Ten play, Day helped in doubling Indiana's win total in conference games from the year prior to his arrival, including the program's first win over a ranked opponent since 2010 when IU upended No. 21 Purdue.
Day oversees the Hoosier defense and in that role helped Indiana set a standard on the defensive end that had not been accomplished in nearly 40 years. In five consecutive games, the Hoosiers held their opponents to less than 50 points between Nov. 16-Nov. 28 and were 5-0 in those contests. The last time Indiana held five-straight opponents under 50 points was during the 1973-74 season.
Prior to arriving at Indiana, Day was an assistant at Saint Joseph's University for seven seasons. In 2011-12, he helped lead the Hawks to 22 wins and advanced to the second round of the WNIT. During his tenure at SJU, Day helped guide the Hawks to a 128-94 record in his seven years, including three consecutive postseason appearances (2010, 2011, 2012), while notching 20 or more wins in each of the last two seasons. Day worked directly with the guards and mentored leading scorer Michelle Baker to second team All-Atlantic 10 (A-10) laurels in 2011-12.
In 2010-11, the Hawks won their first postseason game in Day's tenure as his backcourt flourished by leading the A-10 in 3-point field goal defense and ranked third in assist-to-turnover ratio. Point guard Ashley Prim was named the conference's Sixth Player of the Year as guard Michelle Baker earned all-defensive laurels and freshman guard Erin Shields was named to the A-10 All-Rookie Team.
Before joining the Saint Joseph's staff, Day spent the 2004-05 season at La Salle as an assistant, during which the Explorers earned a fourth 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 after that season.
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.
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