New Hampshire Football Report

Day has always shown leadership ability

NOTE: The following is an excerpt of  column on Ohio State coach Ryan Day that ran in Wednesday’s New Hampshire Union Leader. Day is a Manchester native who played quarterback at Manchester Central and the University of New Hampshire. A link to the full story appears below.


JIM SCHUBERT can’t recall Ryan Day expressing an interest in a coaching career. At least not while Day was playing quarterback for Schubert at Manchester Central.

Schubert, who served as Central’s football coach for 16 seasons, did see qualities in Day that many successful football coaches possess, however. Among them was an unquenchable thirst to win. And we’re not just talking about winning on the football field, either. It could be pickup basketball — Day was a guard for the Little Green — or a card game. Any competition, really. If Day was participating, he wasn’t there to finish second.

“Fierce competitor,” Schubert said. “I mean a fierce competitor. He hated to lose.”

Day, who is in his second season as Ohio State’s head football coach, was Central’s starting quarterback from 1994 to 1996, and led the Little Green to the Division I state championship as a junior in 1995. It was Central’s first football championship since it shared the 1970 Division I championship with Keene.

Although Central failed to repeat as the Division I champion in 1996, Day was named New Hampshire’s Gatorade Player of the Year that season, his senior year. Central was ahead of the curve in terms of a passing offense at the high school level back then, and when Day graduated from Central he owned the state record for career passing yards (4,099) and career passing touchdowns (57). He then moved on to play quarterback at the University of New Hampshire.

“He didn’t have the strongest arm in the world, but I’ll tell you what, he put the ball right where it had to be put,” Schubert said. “He could handle all the different passes, as compared to somebody who had a big, strong arm and threw the ball through people.

“You could see No. 1 he was a great leader,” Schubert continued. “He came into the huddle and the kids would look up to him and he would lead those kids in that huddle. He had great leadership ability.

“Secondly, he understood the offense. In high school you get every size and ability to play. Some kids go play to play, but he was different. He knew the first play, but I think he also knew what we were trying to do on the third or fourth play. What we were trying to set up. He had that unique ability to look ahead.

“The last thing about him, which I thought was awesome, he was going to do everything in his power to win, and he would get very frustrated when he didn’t win. He would push himself in practice and make the other kids push themselves to have the same type of attitude. He was a complete quarterback when he played for us.”


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