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December 18, 2012

Mass. Coaches Baseball HOF comes calling for Danvers' Day

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Legendary Ipswich football coach Jack Welch is one of Day’s biggest influences in terms of coaching.

“I learned so much from him as a player: how to work, how to treat officials. He was a great X’s and O’s guy and great with people,” said Day. “He knew how to lose and how to win. I think we’ve always handled losing the right way, too, and that’s something I learned from Jack at an early age.”

Longtime friend and Beverly High head baseball coach Dave Wilbur has also been a big influence, said Day. “We’re very similar from a baseball standpoint,” he acknowledged. “Dave and I have spent a lot of time talking baseball, going to clinics, and just competing and enjoying the game.”

‘It’s all of Danvers baseball’

While Day’s attention to detail may make him seem like a taskmaster at times, his methods are always for the benefit of his players and the program.

“It’s amazing to look back on it. You don’t realize until you’re done how much respect you have for the program,” said Marshall. “It’s incredible how much I’ve learned from coach Day.”

Among Day’s biggest accomplishments is the culture of the team and the Falcons’ ability to know how to win and how to execute.

“It’s been nice to get the tradition back. John McGrath established a well-respected program back in the 1960s and 70s, then they went through some tough times,” said Day.

“Recognition like this is for all the players that started back in ’87 and ’88 and the 90s and those guys that have been winning for the last 14 years. It’s all of Danvers baseball.”

Newton North’s Joe Siciliano, Franklin’s Peter Pasquarosa and East Bridgewater’s Patrick Cronin are also being inducted with Day as the MBCA’s Hall of Fame Class of 2013.

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