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Capilano Blues head coach scores Olympic gold as an assistant with women's national team

Adam Day had a front-row seat for Canada's historic win over Sweden in Tokyo
Canada's women's national soccer team gets set to conquer the world at the Tokyo Olympics. Adam Day (middle row, fifth from right), head coach of the Capilano Blues men's team, was there to witness the historical gold medal win as an assistant coach.

The supply of “motivational stories” for Capilano University men’s soccer head coach Adam Day just got a whole lot deeper.

The Blues head man just had a front-row seat as the Canadian women’s national team made history in Tokyo. Day was an assistant coach for the national team, supporting the Canadian women as Julia Grosso fired in a historic penalty shot to give Canada gold in a 2-1 shootout win over Sweden.

Day was no doubt busy celebrating in the moments after the game, but he reportedly had time to respond to a text from the Capilano athletic department with the words “OLYMPIC. GOLD. MEDALIST. WoW.”

So apparently he’s feeling pretty good.

Day was hired by Capilano University in January of 2020 but has yet to coach an official game, as COVID-19 wiped out the entire 2020 schedule. He’ll finally get to make his Blues debut Saturday, Sept. 18 when Capilano will host Vancouver Island University in their opening game of the 2021 PacWest season.

The 36-year-old Day, a native of London England, already has an extensive coaching background that includes a stint with England’s Charleton Athletic as well as serving as academy director for Premier League powerhouse Arsenal. In Canada he has worked in the youth and development programs with the Vancouver Whitecaps, and earned a spot with the women’s national team for the Tokyo Olympics where he worked alongside head coach Bev Priestman.

Canada’s historic gold medal win follows bronze medal showings in London in 2012 and Rio in 2016.