Miami (Ohio) officially introduced Danny Hayden as its new head coach Tuesday. Hayden, who spent the last three years as an assistant at Xavier, played for the RedHawks as a freshman in 2004 and served as director of baseball operations at Miami in 2009 and volunteer assistant in 2010. He replaces Dan Simonds, who left to join Tracy Smith’s staff at Indiana.
“The familiarity and passion that Danny brings to Miami will move our program forward quickly, and I know we have hired a rising star in the coaching ranks,” director of athletics David Sayler said in a release.
The RedHawks went with Hayden over more established candidates like former Georgia head coach David Perno and Kentucky assistant Brian Green, who were the other finalists, according to sources. Hayden’s family ties to Miami surely helped his candidacy; the RedHawks’ baseball facility is called McKie Field at Hayden Park. Miami is in the midst of a fundraising project to construct a locker room and office complex at Hayden Park. Miami’s baseball history includes seven trips to regionals, but none since 2005.
“I am very excited for the opportunity to lead such a wonderful program,” Hayden said in the release. “Miami has been and will always be a place that I care deeply about. My passion for this institution will drive me to see that Miami Baseball lives up to the expectation set by all the great people that have been here before me. I am eager to work with our young men as they embrace the challenge of returning Miami to a championship level.”