Brent Mutis, CapU Sport Information & Compliance Officer
Capilano University’s department of Athletics and Recreation is pleased to announce Blues men’s soccer has hired a new head coach.
Adam Day has been named to the top job and assumes leadership of Blues training, recruiting and preparation effective immediately.
A native of London, U.K., Day’s most recent coaching experience is with Surrey United’s BC Soccer Premier League high-performance team and as technical director of Guildford Athletic Club. He’s been an academy coach and director for English Premier League power Arsenal FC and has also served as a residency and academy coach for Whitecaps FC in Vancouver. Day maintains a role with the Bangladesh men’s national team as a technical consultant and has a background with the PACWEST conference as head coach of Quest University’s men’s team from 2008 to 2010. He holds the coveted UEFA A coaching licence and the elite formation coaching licence (EFCL) from the French Football Federation.
“Our hiring process brought us some extremely talented individuals and Adam stood out not only because of his impressive coaching background but in the vision and direction he wants for the team,” said Capilano University manager of Athletics and Recreation, Milt Williams. “We hold high expectations for men’s soccer and we feel Adam is the right choice to lead the team into next season and beyond.”
As a player, Day came to North America for college and competed in National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) soccer at the University of Science and Arts in Oklahoma (USAO) where he holds the school record for career assists and remains among the all-time leaders in several other offensive categories. Day was also honoured with the NAIA All-American award twice during his tenure at USAO.
The 35-year-old began his coaching career with English club Charlton Athletic FC in 2003.
“I am delighted to be joining Capilano University as the new men’s head soccer coach,” said Day. “The Blues have an excellent reputation with their soccer history in this province and across the country and I hope to carry on those traditions moving forward.”
Day replaces outgoing Blues coach Alex Elliott who ran the team very well for the last two seasons before stepping aside at the conclusion of the 2019 season. Elliott leaves the Blues program due to increasing business commitments after leading the Blues to 2018 PACWEST gold and on to the national championship tournament finishing fourth. He narrowly missed advancing out of the PACWEST playoffs this past season.
“I am excited to work with the players and bring some of my experiences and ideas to hopefully help them become better student-athletes and maximize their own potential,” said Day. “I would like to thank Alex Elliott for his contributions to the program and I am very much looking forward to working with Milt in bringing success back to the Capilano University men’s soccer program.”
The Blues graduated two players in 2019 but will be on the recruiting trail as the coming season nears. The team will begin training in the coming months with the 2020 PACWEST season staring in early September.