The Philadelphia Wings have announced that they have hired Paul Day as the reborn NLL franchise’s first head coach and general manager.
Back in November it was revealed that the new NLL expansion franchise that would call Philadelphia home would not actually have a new name. The fans overwhelmingly voted for the team to be called the Philadelphia Wings, the same name they used the two previous times Philly had a pro lacrosse team to call their own.
Since then, the Wings have been quiet except for the occasional tweet or post on their Facebook page. One has to assume that despite the silence, the team was working furiously behind the scenes getting ready for the upcoming 2018-19 NLL season.
On Friday, the Wings organization began to show their fans what they have been up to.
It was then that the Wings announced they had hired Paul Day as the team’s first head coach and general manager.
Day brings with him an insane amount of lacrosse experience and knowledge to Philadelphia. He has spent the bulk of his career with the Rochester Knighthawks, where he has been an assistant coach since 2011. He also was an assistant there from 1995 until 1997 before being named head coach in 1998, a position he kept until 2005.
He left Rochester to become the first head coach and GM of the Edmonton Rush expansion franchise where he stayed until he was replaced midway during the 2008 season. Day is 82-69 as a NLL head coach in the regular season and 5-8 in the playoffs.
Oh. And did we mention that Day was on the coaching staff of not one, but four Rochester teams that won the NLL Champion’s Cup?
All told that is 21 years of NLL lacrosse coaching experience Day brings to the Wings.
Just the kind of person you want to help you get your brand new lacrosse team off the ground.
Best of all, Day understands what the name “Wings” means to the lacrosse fans of Philadelphia. He told US Lacrosse Magazine as much when they asked him about joining the franchise.
“The history of the franchise is really important to me. This was the best organization in the NLL for a while, and it’s so important the work that we do here to get them back to where they were. We’d like them to be the flagship of the NLL.”
Day is the first hire of note for the Wings but he won’t be the last. With the head coach and GM now in place, Day will no doubt begin filling in the rest of the coaching staff and then preparing for the expansion draft that will determine the roster of the new club.
The Philadelphia Wings will begin play during the 2018-19 NLL season and will call the Wells Fargo Center home.