Bill Daye is the former head coach of the Boston Cannons. Daye holds the unique distinction of being a player, assistant coach and head coach for the same Major League Lacrosse (MLL) team.
Bill Daye played on the 1991 North Carolina National Championship team. A 1993 UNC graduate, he played on three NCAA Lacrosse Final Four teams and won the Tar Heels Unsung Hero Award in 1993.
Daye not only has an outstanding playing resume, he also carries with him a strong coaching background. Daye was an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of North Carolina, as well as Johns Hopkins and Boston College. He coached at UNC in 1994, Hopkins in 1995 and at B.C. from 1998-1999.
Daye was a goalie for the MLL Boston Cannons from 2001-2002. He played 18 career regular season games for the Cannons and appeared in one postseason contest. He was named to the MLL All-Star team in 2001 and was awarded the Cannons Team MVP that same season.
The Cannons had a record of 2-1 heading into the fourth game of the 2002 when injury cut Daye's MLL career short. Daye left that fourth game with a neck injury in the first quarter, marking the final time he appeared on the field in a Cannons uniform. Daye's retirement was announced before the final game of the 2002 season. He attempted a comeback to the Cannons in 2004, but the effort was stopped short after he suffered an Achilles injury while training for the season.
Daye held the position of Cannons assistant coach in 2005. He served as Boston's defensive assistant. Under Daye the Cannons experienced a defensive resurgence. In 2004, the Cannons were last in the league in goals against, assists against and second to last in two-point goals against. In Daye's first season as assistant coach Boston vaulted to first in assists against and two-point goals against.