A long serving member of the ACAC community, Dr. Robert Day passed away on the morning of January 1, 2018 after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Inducted into the ACAC Hall of Fame in 2014, Bob Day made significant contributions to the
post-secondary athletic community, initially as the first Athletic Director of Kings University, and further as the Executive Director of ACAC for over 10 years.
"Bob fought for life better than anyone I know. He was and will continue to be a strong inspiration." said Francois Fournier, ACAC Past-President.
Bob was not only the first Athletic Director at King's, but was involved in planning the new campus and athletic facilities eventually constructed. Along with his administrative endeavors, Dr. Day coached both Men's Basketball and Men's Hockey at various times throughout his nineteen years at King's. He was the driving force behind King's entering the ACAC in Basketball, Volleyball and Soccer and volunteered as a member of the ACAC Executive Committee from 1998-2002 (Vice-President 2000-02; President 2002). During his time as a coach, Bob was twice recognized as the ACAC Men's Basketball Coach of the Year (1995-96, 2000-01).
"Bob was a dedicated 4-star General leading the ACAC, and before that with The King's University Eagles athletics program. And as a historian and WWII buff, he would certainly appreciate that analogy." reflects Mark Kosak, ACAC Chief Executive Officer.
"The ACAC and collegiate sport in Canada has lost a dear and loyal friend but more importantly, his two sons Jamie and Zarley will miss their father, "continued Kosak. "Bob leaves a legacy of meaningful contributions he made to post-secondary sport which has and will continue to benefit student-athletes for decades to come. On behalf of the ACAC, our sympathies are extended to all the family and friends of Bob Day, and our gratitude will remain eternal. Rest in peace Bob and thanks for all you contributed".
According to a family spokesperson, Bob specifically did not want a funeral or memorial, however The ACAC is proud to support a "Bob Day Tribute" event being held by The King's University College on Friday February 9th from 3:30pm - 4:30pm. Further event information can be found through the link below.