By Kyle Bennett
The Philadelphia Wings continue to make incredible moves, even during a canceled season, as the team announced Monday night that they have signed Head Coach and General Manager Paul Day to a three-year contract extension through the 2023-2024 season. According to the team's official announcement, the contract extension will officially kick in when the National Lacrosse League resumes play in the Fall 2021.
The extension comes off the heels of Day leading the Wings to an 8-6 record during the shortened 2019-2020 season, doubling the franchise's win total from the previous year (4-14). Day had the team on its way to what would have been a likely playoff berth, and was named NLL General Manager of the Year and was the winner of the Les Bartley Head Coach of the Year Award.
Day has been at the helm for the Wings since the team returned to the NLL in November 2017 and has been at the forefront of reviving the historic franchise to the glory it once had before relocation took place in 2014. From making blockbuster trades for players like Kevin Crowley and Ben McIntosh, to bringing lacrosse's three young superstars (Matt Rambo, Blaze Riorden, and Trevor Baptiste) into the fold, Day has made Philadelphia's beloved franchise one of the most likable in the league.
“I am very excited to continue building our franchise in the great city of Philadelphia,” said Coach Day in the team's official press release. “We are ready for the fall and playing at the Wells Fargo Center in front of our amazing Wings fans, in our quest for a Champion’s Cup!”
The way Day has constructed the Wings roster and the respect he has around the league, this move is a no brainer and it wouldn't be shocking if Day receives another extension before this new one expires, especially if Philadelphia brings home some hardware over the next couple of seasons.