Wednesday August 6, 2008 (Wide Receiver Coaches)
"Deserving Credit" is a series highlighting some of terrific and/or lesser known coaches throughout the country that based on their hard work are worthy of national recognition.
Ryan Day (Boston College): Ryan Day begins his 2nd season coaching the wide receivers at Boston College. Surrounded by terrific coaches, Day is a rising star in the profession. Last season, coaches took notice of the outstanding receiver play by the Eagles. Heck, Day's players brought in 390 passes for over 4,535 yards and made critical catches, time and time again. Before arriving in Chestnut Hill, Day coached the wide receivers at Temple University. Prior to coaching at Temple, Day served as a graduate assistant for Urban Meyer at the University of Florida. Having great experience working with several tremendous coaches, look for Day in a few years to become a coordinator.
Kevin Gilbride (Temple University): Kevin Gilbride enters his 2nd season coaching the wide receivers at Temple University. As a young coach, Gilbride has used his unique passion and outstanding work ethic to quickly advance in the profession. Last season, despite not having the most talented group of wide receivers in the MAC, opposing coaching staffs took notice to the effort and toughness of the Temple wide receivers. Gilbride's understanding of "what it takes" comes in part to his experience working with former Syracuse head coach, Paul Pasqualoni. Furthermore, Gilbride has been able to witness first hand his father's journey through the NFL, where he currently holds the offensive coordinator position with the NY Giants. After coaching at Syracuse, Gilbride spent 2 years on staff at Georgetown University. A very knowledgeable and energetic coach, expect the Temple wide receivers to play above their ability. As for long term, look for Gilbride to continue to climb through the coach ranks as the opportunities present themselves.
Mike Nesbitt (West Texas A&M): Mike Nesbitt enters his 2nd season coaching the wide receivers at West Texas A&M. In his first season coaching the wide receivers, the Buffs finished #1 in the country in passing offense. Nesbitt preaches big plays and that is exactly what he got last season from his outstanding duo of receivers at West Texas A&M. Before joining the staff at A&M, Nesbitt served as the offensive coordinator at Blinn College. In 2006, Nesbitt led the Buccaneers to the 2006 NJCAA national championship while finishing 10th nationally in total offense. A passionate coach, peers throughout Texas have taken notice of Nesbitt as a recruiter as well. Keep an eye this year to see if Nesbitt's receivers can answer the call again.
Tight End Coaches - Coming Monday!