It’s a new Day for Seton Hill football.
The university Tuesday announced the hiring of Daniel Day as its next head coach.
Day was a lineman at Seton Hill on the program’s inaugural football team in 2005. He replaces Isaac Collins, who was not retained after six seasons.
Day, 31, is from Petersburg, Ohio, near Youngstown. He said he is eager to get started as the team’s new leader.
“Words cannot describe how excited I am to come home and lead our football program,” he said. “I cannot wait to get there and first and foremost let the young men on our team know how much I want to keep them in our program and have them be the building blocks to getting SHU football back on the map.”
Seton Hill went 1-10 last season and allowed 489.5 yards and 44.09 points per game. The program has struggled in recent years to put a winner on the field. The Griffins were 13-53 under Collins with his best season coming in 2016 when the team finished 5-6.
Day was a three-year starter and team captain at Seton Hill and helped the Griffins reach the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs and finish 10-3 in 2008, his senior season.
He spent two seasons with the Griffins as an assistant after graduating before serving as an assistant, and later head coach, at Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind.