Imlay City selects Ken Day
New coach is optimistic about leading varsity football program
February 17, 2010IMLAY CITY — Following months of speculation as to who would be announced as Imlay City's new varsity football coach, a decision has been made.
Ken Day bested a field of more than 30 candidates for the position.
He takes over the program from John Forti, who resigned at the completion of the 2009 campaign.
Last fall Imlay City put together a 0-9 overall record, including a 0-7 showing as far as Blue Water Area Conference clashes were concerned.
"Ken comes to the post with a rich coaching background," Imlay City Principal Stu Cameron said. "In addition to serving as an assistant football coach under Al Dorow, Ken has served at a number of different levels within the football program over the years and has been involved with the community program as well," he noted.
"Coach Day has been the varsity wrestling coach at Imlay City for 29 years," Cameron continued. "He was recently presented an award by the Mid Thumb Wrestling Officials Association in honor of his outstanding sportsmanship and support of wrestling. He is among the top 20 coaches in the state in number of career wins and is pursuing his 500th career wrestling victory."
Day is a 1969 graduate of Imlay City High School. He participated in football, baseball and basketball during his school career and went on to play four years of football (three of them as a starter) at Olivet College, competed on Olivet College's track (achieved All-MIAA status) for three years, and played one year of college baseball.
"The district received more than 30 applications for the varsity football coaching position," Cameron said. "The field was narrowed to seven candidates using a coaching profile that was developed in conjunction with parents, student-athletes, administrators and board members," he noted.
"Following this screening process a search committee, consisting of ICCS administrators, board members, community representatives and parents, interviewed the seven candidates. The field was then narrowed to three candidates, with coach Day emerging as the finalist. The team readily recognized coach Day's strengths, which are much needed in the program at this time. Among them are his ability to recruit student-athletes, regain the trust of the community, and most notably to motivate, inspire and connect with young people as evidenced by his strong track record in the wrestling program. Coach Day's goal is to rebuild the foundation of the football program, and he has a genuine desire to bring it back to a highly competitive status, with the support of the players, parents and community."
Heading into the 2010 campaign, Day said one of his objectives will be to get more kids involved with the program.
"Our numbers have been down in recent years," Day observed. "For us to become better we need to get a bigger turnout for the team," he noted.
Day also said Imlay City's opponents can expect to see a more balanced offensive attack.
"We plan to run the ball and pass it about the same," Day said. "That should provide us with a system that fits our players better," he noted.
Day has already named Steve Lestage a (longtime assistant coach with the varsity football program and the boys' track coach) as an assistant coach.
The remainder of his staff will be announced at a later date.
Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.