When Luke Day stepped away from the head coach’s job for Wellesley High's boys basketball team in 2010 after eight seasons, he wasn’t intent on picking up another coaching role. But when the position at Brookline opened up last spring, it felt like the right time to return to the sidelines.
“I wasn’t looking, but when that job came open it just felt different,” Day said. “Jobs like that don’t come along very often. I live in Roslindale, so I can be home in 15 minutes. It was just the right fit. I was lucky I got it.”
Day, who still teaches English at Wellesley High, has taken the man-to-man principles and motion offense he used with the Raiders and adapted them to the players he now coaches at Brookline. After starting the season 3-3, the Warriors have caught on to Day’s system and won two in a row, including a 64-60 win over Newton North, a rival in the Bay State Conference’s Carey Division.
Junior 6-foot-5 forward Obi Obiora and junior point guard Elijah Rogers have stood out lately for Day, and he believes their athleticism will allow the team to play myriad styles.
“We struggled a bit early,” Day said. “We lost a couple games that on paper we probably shouldn’t have, but we’re definitely headed in the right direction. I don’t know if we’ve fixed all the things we need to, but we’re making progress.”
Day will coach against his former team on Friday when the Raiders visit Brookline, which he said will be difficult.
“On one hand I’m looking forward to it, on the other I’m not really,” said Day. “We gotta play them no matter what. I’m proud to be part of that history, and now I’m ready to start a new history at Brookline.”