As a quarterback, Ryan Day impressed Chip Kelly. In three years as New Hampshire's starter, Day finished his college career with four different school records including career touchdown passes.
As a coach, Day got the attention of Steve Addazio when the two worked on the Florida Gators' staff together in 2005. Day was a graduate assistant on offense while Addazio coached the offensive line.
Seven years later when Addazio was running the show at Temple up on Broad Street, he tabbed Day to be the Owls' offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach.
"I thought Ryan was a bright, young coach who really gets it," Addazio said by phone on Thursday night. "I had a great relationship with him at Florida. I watched how he recruited, how he handled himself. I thought he was a sharp guy. I have a great deal of respect for him."
In 2013, Addazio left Temple for Boston College and took Day with him to be the Eagles' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. After a two-win 2012 season, Boston College won seven games in each of the past two seasons.
"He's an excellent teacher. He understands a lot of different styles of offense," Addazio said. "He relates well to players. He did a great job recruiting. A tireless competitor."
Day is now reunited with the coach he played for in college. Day was named the Eagles' quarterbacks coach on Thursday to replace Bill Musgrave, who took the offensive coordinator job with the Oakland Raiders earlier this week.
"He was a great kid and one of the bright minds as well as one of the best players I have ever coached," said Kelly, in a press release to announce Day's Boston College hiring back in 2012. "I think he is one of the best young coaches in the country and it was just a matter of time before he was running the show, offensively, somewhere."
Day will be the Eagles' fourth quarterbacks coach in the past four seasons. He will be tasked with helping Nick Foles regain his Pro Bowl form.
"I love Ryan. I want the best for Ryan. It's a great opportunity for him," Addazio said. "We hate to see him leave. He's been an extremely important part of our program."