Matt Hayes is in his first year as a volunteer assistant coach for the Indiana baseball team. In addition to assisting with day-to-day duties in the Hoosier program, he will coach the team's outfielders and serve as IU's first base coach.
"Even though Matt's been in the Carolinas the past few years, he is a Hoosier at heart," head coach Tracy Smith said. "I have known Matt and his family for over 30 years. Having someone you know, someone with collegiate experience, and someone with a tremendous work ethic, I feel like we hit the jackpot with Matt. He is going to be a valuable asset for us this season."
Hayes, who is a native of Brook, Ind., and attended Lawrence Central High School, comes to Bloomington after spending six years at Division II Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C., where he served as the team's assistant coach. In his tenure, he helped Limestone to the Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference Tournament Championship Game three times, as the squad finished as runners-up in 2003, 2005 and 2006. He also helped the team to a regular-season championship in 2005.
In addition to his experience with Limestone, Hayes has worked several years in the Coastal Plains League - a summer league for college players. He has served as head coach for the Spartanburg Stingers and Forest City Owls, and was an assistant coach for the Gastonia Grizzlies as well. He led Forest City to the first-half championship in 2008. While at Spartanburg, he coached former IU infielder Tyler Cox for two seasons. Hayes also served as the head coach of Gastonia's American Legion Post 23 team from 2003-05 during the summer.
Prior to his time at Limestone, Hayes served as an assistant coach for his alma mater, Mars Hill College (N.C.), for the 2002 season. That year, Mars Hill set a school record for wins. Hayes played three years at Mars Hill, serving as team captain as both a junior and senior. He also played one year at Danville Area Community College in Illinois.
Hayes graduated from Mars Hill in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in sport management with a business minor. Hayes resides in Bloomington.
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