“I love what I do. I love my job. I love tennis. I just really love what I do.”
These were the words adamantly spoken by head tennis coach, Reggie Day. Day, who is now in his 16th year at Cabrini College, has loved every minute of it.
“My experience at Cabrini has been wonderful,” Day said. “It’s been a great time. I’ve worked with great people and very talented players. Everybody has always been really supportive.”
In all his years at Cabrini, Coach Day has led his squads to 15 winning seasons as the woman’s coach. Day also dedicates his time and knowledge in the spring by leading the men’s team for the past 13 years. Because of his constant effort and determination to better Cabrini athletics, Day has been selected as this week’s profiled coach.
Day has been around the game he loves, tennis, his whole life. From playing as a child, to competing in high school, to playing professionally, to coaching presently, Day has always been around the game. For the past 33 years he has coached around the country.
He started out coaching high school tennis in Tennessee, then moved south for a position in Louisiana. After that, Day took his knowledge up north to the local area where coached Radnor High School. He then moved on and up, coaching at Malvern Prep for eleven years as head coach. Following his high school positions, Day accepted the interim head coach job at Haverford for his first college opportunity. After a successful year, Day was offered the head position here at Cabrini College. The rest is history.
Day sees this as his chance to return the favor to the game that has been so good to him.
“I look at this opportunity as giving back to other people, in what meant so much to me my whole life,” Day said.
Day has been honored in the past as USTA Philly Coach of the Year, as well as the USTA Middle States Coach of the Year. He attributes much of his success to his players though. Day spoke consistently about his importance in finding not just tennis players but finding young men and women who first are good people, second a good student, and lastly talented athletes.
“I work hard every day,” Day said. “But I think too many times the credit is given to the coaches, when it really should be directed towards the players. No coach is better than his players.”
Coach Day sees this year’s team as one of his best and anticipates the possibilities of the near future.
“They are just outstanding people,” Day said. “It is possibly the closest and strongest team I’ve had. This team has depth, experience, skill, and most importantly total commitment.”
“I’m still having a great time,” Day said. “I don’t see it stopping anytime soon. I really love what I do.”
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