Returning for her 10th season behind the bench is former RedHawk star and Miami Hall-of-Famer Colleen Day. Day, a three-time team captain, led Miami to a MAC Championship in 2004.
Day’s major focuses with Miami this season include being the team’s offensive coach, scouting coordinator and working with posts and guards. She has a special focus on alumnae relations and is an academic liason for the RedHawks. During the 2014-15 season, the Miami women’s basketball team had its highest GPA in program history.
During her time at Miami, Day has held nearly every position available to an assistant coach. She has worked as the team’s recruiting coordinator, defensive coach, academic liaison and social media coordinator. She also designed and implemented the team’s conditioning program. Day has coached six All-MAC players in Amanda Jackson, Laura Markwood, Jenna Schone, Courtney Osborn, Kirsten Olowinski and Maggie Boyer, as well as one MAC All-Freshman performer in Baleigh Reid. She has helped coach the team to the 2008 MAC Tournament championship and NCAA Tournament appearance, along with helping the ‘Hawks earn a 2012 Postseason WNIT bid.
Forwards have had significant success the past six years under Day’s tutelage. Olowinski (’13) became the all-time leader at Miami with 1,154 rebounds as well as the all-time leader with 41 career double-doubles. With Day’s assistance, Markwood (2006-09) recorded 359 rebounds during the 2007-08 season, setting a new single-season school record.
Day has been involved with Miami’s community service initiatives. One focus has been increasing the partnership with the Talawanda Public Schools. The RedHawks visits the schools throughout the year, as well as interact with the students at the annual “Class at the Court” and “Goals for Life” games where the team hosts the elementary and middle school students for a game and provide educational activities.
As part of another big initiative these past two seasons, Day has directed Miami’s annual “Think Pink” game, helping raise over $10,000 for local charity Luna Cares in 2015.
A four-year starter for the Red and White from 2000-04, Day is one of only three players in program history to hold the title of team captain three times during her career. The 6-0 forward started 106 of the 114 career games in which she played, averaging 11.1 points and 7.0 rebounds for her career. Day’s top season came as a senior in 2003-04, when she averaged 15.0 points and 8.4 rebounds per game while leading Miami to its first regular-season MAC Championship since 1990 and its first WNIT bid. She helped the team advance to the round-of-16 in that tournament. She was a first-team all-MAC selection that season and came in second in MAC Player of the Year voting.
As a result of her success on the court, in 2015 Day received Miami’s highest honor with a spot in its athletic Hall of Fame.
Day still ranks among Miami’s all-time career leaders in eight major categories, including points (10th/1,269), rebounds (5th/794), free-throw percentage (7th/80.5) and double-doubles (5th/16).
More than just an accomplished athlete at Miami, Day also became the first RedHawk women’s basketball player to earn Academic All-America status when she was named Second-Team CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America during her senior season. She graduated magna cum laude in 2004 as she earned a bachelor’s degree in English secondary education. She has gone on to earn her master’s degree in sports studies in 2007, and is currently working on her doctorate.
Following her collegiate career, Day competed internationally for one season in Germany. While there she also completed her student teaching on the Ramstein Air Force Base. Upon returning to Oxford in the fall of 2005, Day served as an intern with Miami’s Strength and Conditioning program where she worked closely with a number of Miami’s athletic programs, including the men’s and women’s basketball teams.
A native of Independence, Ohio, Day attended Holy Name High School, where she helped the Green Wave to a four-year record of 83-15, earned a trip to the Division I State Final Four and was a second-team all-Ohio selection as a senior.