Luke Day, who brings weight room experience to Marshall from the NFL and major college football, was named the Thundering Herd’s head strength and conditioning coach in January 2016. His primary work will be with MU football.
Day, 28, joined the Herd after one year as an assistant on the Cincinnati Bengals’ strength and conditioning staff. He was recommended by Scott Sinclair, Day’s predecessor who in three years transformed the Herd strength and conditioning philosophy during a run of three straight seasons of 10 or more wins by Coach Doc Holliday’s team.
Day and Sinclair – who moved from MU to the strength and conditioning director’s role at Georgia – previously worked together at UCF under veteran strength coach Ed Ellis.
Day is a native of Hamilton, Ohio, where he is significantly involved with inner-city ministry for the Hamilton Dream Center, assisting there in the past year while with the Bengals. Prior to his year with the Bengals, he spent two years as an assistant in strength and conditioning at UCF, following stints at USF (2012) and Cincinnati (2011-12). He also served as a summer volunteer in strength and conditioning with the New Orleans Saints in 2010.
Day graduated from Hamilton High School in 2006 and went to Morehead State, where he played defensive line for two years. He transferred “back home” to Miami (Ohio) and started working as a strength room intern and graduated with a degree in physical education.
His first job was designing, developing and implementing a weight room and strength program at Mount Healthy High School in Cincinnati, and through that work he made connections to the University of Cincinnati, where he spent 14 months on the strength and conditioning staff.
Day and his wife, Trisha, have a son, Jay and a daughter, Norah.