position Head Coach
Hometown Manchester, N.H.
The Ohio State University
Ryan Day is in his third full season as head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes. He was named head coach by Ohio State Senior Vice President and Wolfe Foundation Endowed Athletics Director Gene Smith on Dec. 4, 2018.
Day has guided Ohio State to a 33-3 record in his first two-plus seasons as head coach and he is unbeaten against the Big Ten Conference with a 23-0 mark. He is the first Ohio State coach to win Big Ten championships in his first two years as coach, in 2019 and again in 2020, and he has also set the standard by leading Ohio State into the College Football Playoffs for two consecutive years.
The 2020 pandemic-shortened season was a superior coaching performance by Day, who coached and counselled and led his team through months of separation, the anxiety of a cancelled season and then of a reduced season, and then the actual start/stop season. Ohio State was 5-0 in a scheduled eight-game regular season that had Maryland and Michigan cancel games with the Buckeyes because of the pandemic and that saw Ohio State cancel a game at Illinois because of the pandemic.
That undefeated record in the regular season earned Ohio State its fourth consecutive trip to Indianapolis and the Big Ten championship game, where the team defeated Northwestern, 22-10, to set itself up for a second consecutive invite to the College Football Playoffs, a program first.
Day is the first Ohio State coach in 40 years to be named Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year, and he earned the honor in 2019 by coaching, developing and leading one of the best teams ever in school history. His 2019 Buckeyes were dominant, winning 13 consecutive games by an average of over 36 points per game while ranking in the Top 5 of 12 major NCAA statistical categories, including No. 1 in total defense, No. 1 in pass defense and pass efficiency defense, No. 1 in offensive third down pct. and No. 4 in total offense.
His 2019 Buckeyes became the first Big Ten team ever to win three consecutive outright Big Ten titles and the team advanced to the College Football Playoffs for the third time in the six-year playoff history. Day’s 13 victories in 2019 are tied for the most by a first-year FBS head coach and he is the first coach to win 13 games without the benefit of a bowl victory. The Buckeyes were ranked among the nation’s Top 5 in 14 of 16 weeks.
Individually in 2019, Day coached a third consecutive Big Ten Quarterback of the Year (Justin Fields) and his program featured the first 2,000-yard running back in school history (J.K. Dobbins), two Heisman Trophy finalists (Fields and Chase Young) – only the sixth time this has been accomplished – and four first-team All-Americans (Wyatt Davis, Dobbins, Jeff Okudah and Young). He was considered for virtually every national coach of the year honor and was named the first-year Coach of the Year by the Football Writers Association of America.
Passing the whistle
Sometime around 6:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on January 1, 2019, Ryan Day had a whistle placed around his neck by retiring head coach Urban Meyer in front of the team after its 28-23 Rose Bowl Game victory over Washington. The head coaching tenure of Day at Ohio State University had officially begun.
Technically, Day’s first day on the job was Jan. 2, but that moment in the locker room at the Rose Bowl in front of 124 players, including more than 100 who would be a part of his first team, will have the lasting impact of origination for the 41-year-old from Manchester, N.H., who became just the 25th head coach for a storied program that ranks second all-time in victories and has played 130 football seasons.
“It’s an amazing feeling,” Day said that evening in the locker room. “To be the leader of such a special place, a special group of men, this program, Buckeye Nation … it is an honor!”
Day started his head coaching career with a record of 3-0. He is credited with the wins earned over Oregon State, Rutgers and 15th-ranked TCU at the beginning of the 2018 season when he served about eight weeks in August and September as Ohio State’s acting head coach.
Day received a three-year contract extension in February 2020 that will keep him on the sidelines as head coach of the Buckeyes at least through the 2026 football season.
A quarterbacks coach for the San Francisco 49ers in 2016 under Chip Kelly and in 2015 for the Philadelphia Eagles under Kelly, Day is now in his 19th season as a coach in the NFL or collegiate ranks. He was Ohio State’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2017 and 2018.
Day, and his wife, Christina, who is referred to as “Nina,” have three children: Ryan Jr. or “RJ”, Grace and Ourania or “Nia”.
Ryan Day Quick Facts
Hometown: Manchester, N.H.
High School: Manchester Central
Alma Mater: New Hampshire
Degree: Business administration
Master’s: Administrative studies (Boston College)
Year in Coaching: 20th (Fifth at Ohio State)
Wife: Christina (“Nina”)
Children: Son R.J., and daughters Grace and Nia
Ryan Day Coaching Records
Overall : 33-3
Versus Top 25: 12-3
Versus Big Ten: 23-0
Big Ten Championships: 2 (2019, 2020)
CFP Appearances: 2 (2019 2020)
Ryan Day Coaching Assignments
|2019-pres.||Head Coach||Ohio State|
|2018||Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks||Ohio State|
|2017||Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks||Ohio State|
|2016||Quarterbacks||San Francisco 49ers|
|2013-14||Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks||Boston College|
|2012||Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers||Temple|
|2007-11||Wide Receivers||Boston College|
|2003-04||Graduate Assistant||Boston College|
|2002||Tight Ends||New Hampshire|