Former King’s athletics director inducted into CCAA Hall of Fame
Dr. Robert Day, longtime executive director in the ACAC (Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference), will be inducted posthumously into the CCAA (Canadian Collegiate Athletic Conference) Hall of Fame under the Builder category at a ceremony being held in Calgary on June 11.
Day was the ACAC’s representative to the CCAA Board of Directors in 2001-02 and was appointed executive director/general manager of the ACAC from 2002 until 2013.
Prior to his career with the ACAC, Day served as the first athletics director at The King’s University where he was instrumental in the development of a first-class athletics program as well as new campus recreation and athletics facilities. Day was the driving force behind King’s entering the ACAC in basketball, volleyball, and soccer, and coached both men’s basketball and hockey at various times during his 19 year career. During this time, Day was twice recognized as ACAC Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year (1996, 2001).
“My father was a hard worker from the start and was always passionate about what he was doing in and out of the ACAC,” says his son, Zarley Day. “I am very proud of the legacy my father created within the ACAC and am looking forward to seeing how the league continues to grow and develop. The ACAC was the third baby my Dad never had. He put a lot of his time and effort into making it a great organization.”
ACAC Chief Executive Officer Mark Kosak believes that as a result of his passion for post-secondary sport Day made meaningful contributions to the ACAC and CCAA that have and will continue to positively benefit student-athletes.
“I’m certain I speak for many others within the ACAC as I express admiration for all his contributions,” says Kosak. “Our only regret is that he isn’t with us to appreciate this honor and the respect of his peers.”
Day was also inducted as a Builder into the ACAC Hall of Fame in 2014.
Originally published by the CCAA.