Patrice Days was named to Coach Oliver's staff on April 19, 2021.
Days has 12 years coaching experience, including the last eight at the NCAA Division I level. He comes to Johnson City after spending the last four seasons as an assistant coach under Cliff Ellis at Coastal Carolina.
“Patrice is one of the brightest up-and-coming coaches in the business, and has gained experience working for some of the most well-respected coaches in the country,” said Oliver. “He possesses a contagious personality that will fit well with our staff and players.”
Days is excited to reunite with Coach Oliver and be part of a tradition-rich program.
“I’m very excited to be a Buccaneer,” said Days. “This place has tradition and a winning spirit when you touch campus – it’s definitely a blessing. Words can’t decide how happy I am to get to work for Coach Oliver again. He’s been a mentor of mine for years and someone I admire and believe in. I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work!”
In his four years in Conway, S.C., Days helped lead the Chanticleers to a pair of postseason berths, including a trip to the 2021 CBI Championship game after finishing with an 18-8 record. This year, Days saw DeVante’ Jones, a 1,000-point scorer, earn Sun Belt Player of the Year honors, as well as being named a finalist for the Lou Henson Player of the Year award.
During his four-year stint with CCU, Days saw the Chanticleers become one of the top rebounding and defensive teams in the country.
In his first season (2017-18), CCU ranked 16th nationally in field goal percentage defense (40.5), 25th in rebound margin (5.8), 29th in rebounds per game (38.8) and 40th in offensive rebounds per game (12.1). The trend continued under Days’ watch as the Chanticleers ranked sixth in the country in multiple rebounding categories following the 2019-20 campaign, in which CCU also defeated Utah in the Myrtle Beach Invitational. As a team, CCU ranked sixth in total rebounds (1,329), eighth in offensive rebounds per game (13.4), 12th rebounds per game (40.3), 26th rebound margin (6.1) and 43rd in total steals (248).
This past season, the Chanticleers ranked second in rebounds per game (43.5), third in rebound margin (9.9), fourth in defensive rebounds per game (29.9), sixth in offensive rebounds per game (13.5), seventh in field goal percentage defense (39.0), 17th in total rebounds (1130) and 28th in steals per game (8.2).
Prior to arriving at Coastal Carolina, Days spent one season each at Southern Utah (2016-17) and Wright State (2015-16). At Wright State, Days played an integral role in several aspects of the program, including player development, daily practice routines, scouting, and recruiting. He was also an academic coach for the student-athletes.
Days got his first Division I assistant coaching job at Abilene Christian where he spent the two seasons as the Wildcats’ recruiting coordinator from 2013-15.
In 2012-13, Days was an assistant coach at Arlington Country Day School in Jacksonville, Florida, under legendary prep coach Rex Morgan. Days coached Country Day – one of the top prep schools in the country – to an overall record of 30-4.
Prior to his time at Country Day, Days spent the 2011-12 season as an assistant coach at Vermont Academy and before that (2010-11) he was the director of player development at Charlotte – where Coach Oliver was an assistant – and before that (2009-10) he was a graduate assistant at his alma mater, New Orleans.
As a player, Days played at Piney Woods High School in Piney Woods, Mississippi, where he averaged nine points and six rebounds per game as a senior in 2001-02. He spent a year at Southern (LA) University before an injury forced him to miss the rest of the season. He went on to play one season (2006-07) at Caldwell (NC) Community College before returning to Louisiana. He graduated from New Orleans in 2010 with a degree in interdisciplinary studies with a double minor in business and education.