For most of Ryan Day's life, he distanced himself from the pain of his past. But now, he's confronting it and processing it, and he and his wife are dedicated to helping others do the same.
ESPN's College GameDay and Fox's Big Noon Kickoff each did wonderful stories on Day's mental health journey, which included the Ohio State coach losing his father to suicide when he was just eight years old, and his lifelong response to that trauma.
For most of Ryan Days life, he distanced himself from the pain of his past until a recruiting trip in 2018 forced him to confront it.— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 9, 2021
Now he and his wife, Nina, are working to normalize treatment surrounding mental health. pic.twitter.com/KJ1AsIAhbM
A January day in 1988 changed Ryan Day's life forever.— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) October 9, 2021
Tom Rinaldi tells the story of his father, Ray Day, and how his death shaped the @OhioStateFB Head Coach's view on mental health pic.twitter.com/9ndPHo4vTj
It took a 2018 recruiting trip to force him to confront his pain, but since then, Day and Nina have spent their days fighting to help others confront their own trauma.
Sometimes, you're not just a football coach.