Ian Day was named Director of Athletics at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on July 13, 2007. Prior to accepting his present position, Day had served in a similar capacity at Tiffin (Ohio) University since 1990.
As Director of Athletics at UMass Dartmouth, Day oversees an NCAA Division III athletic department sponsoring 25 varsity sports with close to 500 student athletes, along with active intramural, recreational and instructional programs and the campus Fitness Center.
Since taking over at UMass Dartmouth Day has seen improvements in both the athletic and academic performances of the Corsair student-athletes. In the 2009 calendar year, UMass Dartmouth had four teams qualify for NCAA post season: Men's Basketball, Field Hockey, Men's & Women's Tennis, the latter three for the first time in their respective histories. In the Fall of 2009 student-athletes set two new academic achievement records, including the most athletes receiving academic honors, as well as a new record for the number of Dean's List students. In Spring 2010 UMass Dartmouth student-athletes posted a new record of academic achievement when 41 students received Chancellor's List honors, with another 131 being named to the Dean's List.
Day came to UMass Dartmouth campus following a long and distinguished career at Tiffin University. He was instrumental in guiding the Dragons through the expansion of their facilities, helping oversee the growth of the Athletic Department from 10 sponsored sports to 18, guiding the university from the American Mideast Conference to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (which the Dragons will join beginning in the 2008-09 season), and leading Tiffin University out of the NAIA and into full NCAA Division II status. Along the way, Tiffin's athletic programs made 21 national tournament appearances.
Originally hired as Tiffin's first men's soccer coach in 1983, Day guided the Dragons to become one of the NAIA's elite soccer powers. Under Day, TU won 10 Mid-Ohio Conference Championships, one American Mideast Conference title, and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament four times. In addition, the Dragons won four Area 6 and District 22 titles. Under Day's tenure, the Dragons averaged 16 wins a season. He earned seven Coach of the Year honors while compiling a record of 345-139-28 over 24 years (.713).
Born in Walsall, England, Day was both an All-American and Academic All-American soccer player at Alderson-Broaddus College in West Virginia, where he graduated in 1982. Day obtained his Master's degree from Purdue University. He is married and has three children.