Ryan Day took over the top job in January 2019 after Urban Meyer stepped down. He was crowned the Big Ten Coach of the Year after leading the team to a 12-0 record during the 2019 season.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Nina Spirou Grew Up in New Hampshire & Attended College in Her Home State
Head coach Ryan Day sings Carmen Ohio with his family following Ohio State’s win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game: pic.twitter.com/UDN3D8wDZX
— Andrew Lind (@AndrewMLind) December 8, 2019
Christina Spirou was born in April 1978 and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire. An online search of records shows that her middle name is Ourania. She and her husband named one of their daughters Ourania.
Spirou graduated from Manchester Central High School in 1996. She went on to study communications at the University of New Hampshire and graduated in 2000.
2. Spirou & Day Grew Up Together & Tied the Knot in 2005
Day is also a 1996 graduate of Manchester Central High School and played football at the University of New Hampshire. Day and Spirou have known each other their entire lives. Spirou explained to ABC affiliate WSYX-TV that they met when she was seven and he was six during Little League. “We really grew up best friends.”
After graduating from college, Day began his coaching career at his alma mater. He worked as the tight ends coach for one season before moving on to Boston College, where he was a graduate assistant.
Spirou was also working nearby. According to her Facebook page, she got a job at Southern New Hampshire University. On her page, she lists her former title as “Adjunct Faculty.” She worked there until 2012.
The couple got married in June of 2005. This was the same year Day first worked with Urban Meyer as a graduate assistant in Florida.
3. Spirou Has a Twin Sister Named Kelly
You’re not seeing double: Christina Spirou Day has a twin sister named Kelly. They stuck together after high school, both choosing to attend the University of New Hampshire.
Kelly Spirou Burnett lives in Bedford, New Hampshire with her husband Mike. They’ve been married since 2011. Like her sister’s family, they also have three children: two sons and one daughter.
Burnett lists her workplace as Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. According to its website, the company is a non-profit organization that provides health care plans to more than three million patients in New England.
Burnett and her immediate family appear to be big supporters of the Days. They were in Columbus for the rivalry game against Michigan in 2018. Burnett also shared a post about Day being chosen to succeed Meyer as head coach.
The twins also have a brother named Chuck.
4. Spirou’s Father Was a College Basketball Coach in New Hampshire For Three Decades
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to head coach Stan Spirou! Here's to hopefully turning 604 today…in career wins, that is! pic.twitter.com/SpBhszypFp
— SNHU Athletics (@snhupenmen) March 12, 2016
Spirou is married to a football coach but she grew up surrounded by basketball. Her father is Stan Spirou, the longtime head basketball coach for the men’s team at Southern New Hampshire University.
He announced his retirement in February 2018 after 33 years on the job. According to a press release put out by the school, Stan Spirou’s career accomplishments as head coach included 640 wins, eight conference championships, five Elite Eight berths and two appearances at the Final Four.
Stan Spirou said he was excited to spend more time with his children and grandchildren upon retiring. He told the Penmen Press, “I think it’s time for me to get back to reality and get back to my family.”
5. Spirou & Day Have Three Children
Spirou and Day have three adorable children. They are Ryan Jr, Grace and Ourania. Their son goes by the nickname RJ. The youngest also appears to go by a nickname: Nia.
RJ is already a young athlete. He plays football; his father shared a photo to Facebook of RJ on the phone with Urban Meyer in 2017 (the photo has since been made private). Day shared that Meyer was giving his son a pep talk ahead of an important game. Based on Ryan Day’s tweets, RJ is also a baseball and golf fan.