Ryan Day (American football)

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Ryan Day
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamOhio State
ConferenceBig Ten
Annual salary$4.5 million[1]
Biographical details
Born (1979-03-12) March 12, 1979 (age 40)
Manchester, New Hampshire
Playing career
1998–2001New Hampshire
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2002New Hampshire (TE)
2003–2004Boston College (GA)
2005Florida (GA)
2006Temple (WR)
2007–2011Boston College (WR)
2012Temple (OC/WR)
2013–2014Boston College (OC/QB)
2015Philadelphia Eagles (QB)
2016San Francisco 49ers (QB)
2017Ohio State (co-OC/QB)
2018Ohio State (Interim Coach)
2018Ohio State (OC/QB)
2019–presentOhio State
Head coaching record

Ryan Day (born March 12, 1979) is an American football coach and former college player. He is the 25th and current head football coach at the Ohio State University. He played quarterback for the New Hampshire Wildcats from 1998 to 2001 before he began his coaching career in 2002.

Playing career[edit]

Day attended Manchester Central High School in Manchester, New Hampshire.[2] A quarterback and defensive back, he was the state's Gatorade Player of the Year for his senior season.[2] Day attended the University of New Hampshire. Playing for then-offensive coordinator Chip Kelly, Day set four career records at UNH, including completion percentage and touchdowns.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

Day was the offensive coordinator for Temple in 2012, as well as the offensive coordinator for Boston College from 2013 to 2014. He was hired as the Philadelphia Eagles' quarterbacks coach on January 22, 2015.[4] Then, in 2016, after his mentor Chip Kelly was relieved of his duties in Philadelphia, Day was hired in the same role by Kelly, who became the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. On January 3, 2017, Day was hired to replace co-offensive coordinator Tim Beck of the Ohio State Buckeyes. After being linked to the Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator position in January 2018, Day was promoted to offensive coordinator and primary playcaller at Ohio State.

On August 1, 2018, he was named acting head coach at Ohio State when head coach Urban Meyer was placed on administrative leave[5] after alleged domestic violence incidents against then-fired assistant coach Zach Smith were made public, winning all three games during Meyer's absence.

On December 4, 2018, Ohio State announced that Meyer would retire as head coach after the 2019 Rose Bowl and be replaced by Day on a full-time basis.[6][7] This will be Day's first full-time head coaching job.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Ohio State Buckeyes (Big Ten Conference) (2018)
2018 Ohio State 3–0[n 1] 1–0[n 1] 1st (East)
2019 Ohio State 0–0 0–0
Ohio State: 3–0 1–0
Total: 3–0
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


  1. ^ a b Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer was placed on administrative leave for the first three games of the 2018 season. Day served as acting head coach in his absence and is the coach of record for those three games.


  1. ^ Sutelan, Edward (December 4, 2018). "Football: Ryan Day to make $4.5 million per year over next five years as Ohio State head coach". www.thelantern.com. The Lantern. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Coppola, Frank (August 26, 2001). "There is little doubt about Ryan Day's role at UNH". Seacoastonline.com. Retrieved February 1, 2015.
  3. ^ Shorr-Parks, Eliot (January 23, 2015). "Here is what you need to know about Eagles' new quarterbacks coach Ryan Day". NJ.com. Retrieved February 1, 2015.
  4. ^ Shorr-Parks, Eliot (January 22, 2015). "Eagles hire Boston College offensive coordinator Ryan Day as quarterback coach". nj.com. Retrieved January 26, 2015.
  5. ^ Harrish, Kevin (August 1, 2018). "Ryan Day Tabbed Interim Head Coach During Urban Meyer's Paid Administrative Leave". Eleven Warriors. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  6. ^ Sallee, Barrett (December 4, 2018). "Ohio State coach Urban Meyer set to announce retirement, Ryan Day to replace him with Buckeyes". cbssports.com. CBS Sports. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  7. ^ "Ohio State's Urban Meyer retiring; Ryan Day promoted to head coach". The Advocate. Associated Press. December 4, 2018. Retrieved December 4, 2018.

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