The National High School Athletic Coaches Association has selected Duval County coach James Day to be inducted in the NHSACA Hall of Fame. The ceremony takes place in June in Rochester, Minnesota. The honor is presented to coaches in recognition of their achievements in coaching, contributions to their schools, communities, high school sports and their commitment to young athletes.
James Day has been an inspiration and guiding light to young athletes in Jacksonville and the state of Florida for over fifty years.
Raines High School is where Coach Day established his reputation as a winner. He earned numerous awards and accolades while compiling a 612-82-9 record. Coach Day coached the Vikings to two state championships, six runner-up finishes, 37 regional championships and 36 District championships. He was named track coach of the year ten (10) times by the Florida Time Union and Jacksonville Journal.
Continuing to serve his community, in 1997 Coach Day closed his career of 40 years as high school coach, teacher and athletic director at William M. Raines High School and moved on to another adventure as athletic director at Edward Water College. He remained in that position until August 2003. From 2003-2011 He served as special assistant to the President of Edward Waters College of Jacksonville overseeing the operation of the Athletic Department, along with lending a helping hand and his expertise to community organizations in the area of track and field. Also, While serving in that position, he was instrumental in building a meager athletic program from three sports and transforming it into an athletic powerhouse adding sports such as football (after 35 years), volleyball for women, men’s and women’s golf, softball, baseball, women’s basketball, women’s cross country, and women’s track and field as well as overhauling the men’s cross country, track and field, men’s basketball and men and women cheerleaders.
Coach Day has also been instrumental in helping the Bob Hayes Committee develop a Scholarship Golf Tournament to help raise scholarship money for athletes participating in the meet. Due to his effort with the track meet the scholarship was named in his honor by the committee. His personal motto is: “Helping our youth run smoother, faster, better………….on the track and in life”