Fret not, Danvers High baseball fans.
Roger Day has officially retired from teaching in the Danvers Public School system, but he’s not giving up the Falcons’ varsity baseball job. He has no plans to anytime soon, either.
“I still love coaching,” said Day, who retired from his job as a physical education teacher at the Holten-Richmond Middle School in Danvers for many years. “I still love it when we win and hate it when we lose.
“We’ve got great kids here in Danvers, too, kids who love to play baseball and strive to succeed.”
Day, who led the Falcons to the Division 2 state baseball championship in 2001, was part of a rare coaching double in 2012. He led his baseball team to the Northeastern Conference title for the 12th time in the last 14 years, then served as the offensive coordinator for the unbeaten Super Bowl championship football team at Beverly High last fall.
Having been inducted into the Massachusetts State Baseball Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame last month, Day will enter this spring just eight wins shy of 400 for his baseball career with the Falcons. His teams have reached the playoffs 21 times and also reached the Division 2 state final in 1999.
Meticulous in his preparation and attention to detail, the 2011 Salem News Baseball Coach of the Year figures to have a strong team again this spring. All-stars such as senior outfielder A.J. Couto and senior second baseman Dan Connors will be back in the fold, as well as senior catcher Joe Strangie, junior left-hander Brandon Hyde and junior infielder Tyler Dustin, among others. Senior outfielder/pitcher Ray Arocho is also expected back.
The District 1 National High School Baseball Coach of the Year in 2006, Day’s teams went unbeaten in both 1999 and 2000 and won 66 straight regular season games from 1998-2002.
A long-time physical education teacher at the Holten-Richmond Middle School in Danvers, Day was named the MAHPERD (Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance) Middle School Teach of the Year in 2010.