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Wings announce Day departs as HC, stays as GM

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Philadelphia Wings have announced a coaching change. Paul Day will no longer be the team’s head coach.

He has stepped aside as the bench leader. Despite departing as the head coach, Day will remain on as the General Manager.

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Day has signed a two-year contract extension through the 2027-28 season. He has been serving as the Head Coach and General Manager since 2017.

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“I’m grateful to ownership and management for their continued trust in me, and am looking forward to what should be an incredibly exciting summer,” Paul Day said. “I love this organization and will do everything I can to help us win consistently. Our next head coach will bring a great, fresh perspective. From there we will round out the coaching staff and work together to prepare for free agency and the draft. We certainly feel good about the current roster and the opportunity to add some really special talent to the locker room via the draft.”

His final season with the team as Head Coach concluded on Sunday with a loss to the Rochester Knighthawks. The team finished with a 6-12 record.

Despite the 6-12 record, it was announced by the Wings on Saturday that the franchise received the No. 1 overall pick. This was due to Day’s trade with the New York Riptide which included a first-round draft pick from the Colorado Mammoth.

Due to their lackluster season, the Mammoth went 1-4 following the trade. And this sealed the No. 1 overall pick by the Wings.

“Paul and I have been in constant communication since I arrived three years ago. I can honestly say that he has been singularly focused on one thing, and that’s putting this organization in the best position to win championships,” Philadelphia Wings President Marc Zamarin said. “Not once has it ever been about him, and so as this season progressed, our discussions naturally brought us to consider this new dynamic. With the roster and draft assets that he’s already assembled, I’m enthusiastic about the future of the franchise.”

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Since Day took over as their head coach, he was 36-50 as the Wings leader.

“I’m incredibly appreciative of Paul and his leadership of this franchise, both on and off the floor,” Zamarin said. “He’s a future first-ballot NLL Hall of Famer, and I’ve been fortunate to watch him operate from a front-row seat. Certainly, his lacrosse IQ is off the charts and the credentials there are indisputable, but what makes a leader and person like him so rare is his innate ability to connect and communicate with people. Whether that be players, coaches, staff, or fans, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more respected and admired person in this building. We thank him for his unwavering commitment that’s gotten us to this point and look forward to working together in pursuit of championships.”

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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