BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) Chris Day has resigned as head coach of the University of Vermont Women's Basketball team according to a press release from the athletic department Thursday afternoon.
In the release, Day said, “I am so grateful for my time being the head women's basketball coach at the University of Vermont, but I have to do what's best for my family, and take advantage of an opportunity which allows me to bring them back to the Philadelphia area. I want to thank President Sullivan and Jeff Schulman for giving me this incredible chance to coach at such a prestigious University. Even more importantly, I want to thank Catamount Country for all of your support during my time here. I wish the program nothing but the best as it is set up to start to ascend in the America East Conference.”
Day added via text that he has a job lined up in Philadelphia "that will be official within the week."
Sources confirmed to Channel 3 Sports earlier this month that UVM was conducting an investigation into Coach Day's verbal interactions with players. Two freshmen on the 2017-18 roster, Kianna Funderburk and Dani Lozzi, revealed plans to transfer on their Twitter accounts shortly thereafter. Day acknowledged the investigation in the text conversation, but said his resignation had "nothing to do with the investigation."
Day compiled a record of 17-42 (11-20 in America East play) in two seasons in Burlington.
Replacing him in the interim will be Associate Head Coach Alisa Kresge, who served as interim head coach for the first two games of conference play in 2018 while Day recovered from surgery to repair a broken ankle. The Catamounts defeated both UMass-Lowell and UMBC with Kresge at the helm. She has been appointed interim head coach throughout the upcoming 2018-19 season.
“I am excited and honored to have this opportunity, at such a special place, surrounded by so many amazing people,” Kresge said in the release. “The University of Vermont is an outstanding academic institution that attracts some of the brightest and most talented student-athletes from all over the world. I believe the future is bright, and I look forward to hitting the ground running with this wonderful group of young women.”