Between coaching, teaching and family obligations, Bishop Gorman baseball coach Nick Day knew something had to give.
So two weeks ago, Day resigned his position as a math teacher at Gorman. On Wednesday, the school relieved him of his coaching duties, as well.
Gorman announced that Gino DiMaria will replace Nick Day as head baseball coach next season.
“Ultimately, it’s probably a good thing for my family that it worked out this way,” Day said. “This’ll be good. I have a good relationship with Gino, and I’m willing to help him any way I can. And I still have a good relationship with Gorman. I think they’ll allow me to be around as much as I can and help Gino as much as I can. At the end of the day, it’s not a bad deal. I’m at peace with it.”
Day posted a 133-23-1 record in four seasons leading the Gaels. He guided Gorman to state titles in his first two years as the team’s coach, and the Gaels finished the 2012 season ranked No. 1 in the nation by USA Today.
Day was named USA Today Coach of the Year that season.
After the school had won seven consecutive state championships, Gorman lost to Coronado in the 2013 state final, then lost to Centennial in the Sunset Region tournament this spring and failed to make state.
Day said he decided he needed to give up something in order to spend more time with his wife and two children, ages 3 and 6. But he wasn’t ready to give up baseball, so he resigned from teaching and returned to a job in the construction field. He said that job still would have allowed him to coach the team.
“It was just the best thing for my family,” Day said. “I felt like one of them had to go, and I wasn’t ready to give up on the baseball team or quit baseball. (Gorman) called me in this morning. They want the coach on campus, and that’s why they wanted me to teach in the first place.”
Day said he has no immediate plans except to enjoy more time away from work.
“I really am looking forward to having some more free time, especially for my kids,” Day said. “My son’s six, so I’ll probably end up back on the field for him. I welcome some free time that I haven’t had for a long time, and basically being a good husband and dad.”
DiMaria is in his 18th year as a faculty member or coach at Gorman, and has been a fixture coaching summer baseball in Las Vegas.
He guided the Las Vegas Mayhem to the Connie Mack state title this summer.