New Hampshire Football Report

It’s almost Day time

Ryan Day photo courtesy Ohio State athletic media relations

Former record-setting University of New Hampshire quarterback Ryan Day will become the new head football coach at Ohio State University, it was announced Tuesday. Day, a three-year starter at QB during his career (1997-2001) with the Wildcats, will replace Urban Meyer, who announced at a press conference he is retiring following the Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1.

According to the Ohio State Athletics website, the 39-year-old Day will take over the program Jan. 2 with a five-year contract that will pay him $4.5 million annually.

“I am truly honored to be here today and am so appreciative to (Ohio State) president Drake and (Ohio State athletic director) Gene Smith for the faith they have in me to lead this team,” Day said. “I love this program and its student-athletes and I want Buckeye Nation to know how hard we are going to work to ensure this program remains the very best in the country.

“I also want to say ‘thank you’ to coach Meyer. His coaching wisdom and his elite ability to motivate and prepare a team is something everyone on this staff not only appreciates, but learns from and carries forward. I am grateful for the two seasons I’ve had as a part of his staff.”

Day, the 1996 New Hampshire Gatorade High School Player of the Year, was recruited out of Manchester Central High School by former UNH head coach Bill Bowes. In 1999, then first-year head coach Sean McDonnell installed Day as UNH’s starting quarterback under first-year offensive coordinator Chip Kelly.

In his tenure as Wildcat signal caller, Day set nine UNH records, including career marks for pass completions (653), touchdown passes (53), completion percentage (59.9 percent) and total offense (8,492 yards). He is still ranked third in program history in pass attempts (1,089) and fourth in both passing yards (7,670) and completions.

As a senior captain in 2001, Day established career highs with 233 completions (No. 9 in school history), 379 attempts (No. 8) and 2,605 passing yards (No. 10).

Day holds the school’s single-game mark for most pass attempts (65), which he set Nov. 4, 2000, when he helped rally the Wildcats from a 31-3 late third-quarter deficit to a 45-44, overtime victory at No. 2 Delaware.

After graduating from UNH in 2002, Day began his coaching career as the tight ends coach with the UNH program that season. His climb through the coaching ranks included stops at Boston College (2003-04; 2007-11; 2012-14), Florida (2005), Temple (2006; 2012) and NFL positions working as QB coach under Chip Kelly with the Philadelphia Eagles (2015) and San Francisco 49ers (2016) before arriving as the co-offensive coordinator/QB coach at Ohio State in 2017.

 

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