Baseball has become part of Danvers’ town fabric over the last quarter-century — and one of the biggest reasons for that is long time head coach Roger Day.
Next month, Day will be enshrined in the Massachusetts Baseball Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame at an induction ceremony in Westborough on Jan. 26.
It’s a well-deserved honor for a coach with 392 career wins, a Division 2 state title in 2001, 21 playoff appearances and 12 Northeastern Conference titles in the last 14 years.
“It is an honor, but its also a credit to Danvers baseball. All the players we’ve had, all the coaches, all the players that have come back and coached,” said Day.
Day was The Salem News Coach of the Year in 2011, has numerous Northeastern Conference Coach of the Year honors and was District 1 National High School Coach of the Year in 2006. He led Danvers to the state title in 2001, a state final appearance in 1999, unbeaten regular seasons in 1999 and 2000 and a record 66-game winning streak in NEC league games from 1999-2002.
“He’s a winner. He knows what it takes,” said Brian Marshall, a player for Day (DHS Class of 2000) who also has been an assistant coach under his mentor.
“Coach is meticulous. He makes his team the most prepared team on the field no matter who they play in the state. The level of preparation gives you the sense that you can beat anyone.”
Day’s relentless attention to detail has been a fixture on North Shore baseball diamonds for years. His affinity for manufacturing runs has been as well, with his Falcons apt to execute a play in any situation and adopting the mantra that it’s your job as a baserunner to score once you get on.
The 57-year-old Day said loyal assistant Bob Boyce was a big part of the nomination process, helping gather up the statistics and history needed.