|Position:||Volunteer Assistant Coach|
|Alma Mater:||Lenoir Rhyne '00|
At Duke (2 Seasons • 2013-Present): Mark Hayes joined the Blue Devil coaching staff in 2012 and enters his third year with the program in 2015. Hayes serves as the team’s hitting coach and works the Blue Devil outfielders. In addition, he coaches third base during games and manages the program’s camps.
Under Hayes’ guidance, Duke put up impressive power number this past season. The Blue Devils tied for the ACC lead, belting 33 home runs. In addition, Duke ranked second in the league in triples (19) and third in slugging percentage (.379). The Blue Devils were the only ACC squad to total 15 or more triples as well as 30 or more home runs in 2014. Duke’s 33 home runs were also the most since the Blue Devils hit 40 in 2009.
Three Duke position players -- third baseman Jordan Betts, rightfielder Chris Marconcini and first baseman Aaron Cohn -- garnered 2014 All-ACC honors. The Blue Devils’ three All-ACC selections were the most since the Blue Devils placed three players on All-ACC teams in 2009.
Betts earned All-ACC honors in both seasons under Hayes’ tutelage. As a senior, he anchored the Duke lineup, turning in career numbers in batting average (.316), slugging percentage (.515) and on base percentage (.404). Betts complete his collegiate career with 69 doubles and was one of two Blue Devils to total 65 or more doubles in a career. After the season, the Boston Red Sox selected Betts in the 18th round (No. 554 overall) of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft.
In Hayes’ first season with Duke, the Blue Devils had three players hit .300 or above in 2013, while all seven position players who started 40 games or more hit at least .280 for the season. Betts and second baseman Andy Perez collected second team All-ACC honors to become the first Duke position players to earn all-conference accolades since Nate Freiman and Jeremy Gould in 2009.
Perez enjoyed a breakout season in 2013, leading Duke with a .316 batting average, 67 hits, five triples and 18 stolen bases. Duke’s first second baseman to earn All-ACC honors since Quinton McCracken in 1992, he was especially effective in ACC games, hitting .351 with six doubles, five triples and three home runs. Batting primarily from the leadoff spot, Perez had at least one hit in 23-of-30 league contests, including multiple hits in 16 ACC games.
In 2013, Betts led the Blue Devils with 18 doubles and a career-best 48 RBI, the most by a Blue Devil since Freiman drove in 62 in 2009. Batting mainly from the cleanup spot, Betts also tagged a career-high seven home runs on the way to 102 total bases, which tied for the most on the Duke roster.
At Pfeiffer (11 Seasons • 2002-12): Before arriving in Durham, N.C., Hayes spent eight years as the head coach at Pfeiffer University, compiling a 201-230-1 record. Under his guidance, numerous Falcons garnered recognition including 15 all-conference picks over Hayes’ final four seasons in Misenheimer, N.C. In his first season as a head coach in 2005, Pfeiffer won its third conference title in as many seasons, outscoring opponents 66-14 in the CVAC Tournament.
Prior to assuming the reins as Pfeiffer’s head coach, Hayes served as an assistant coach under Chris Pollard at Pfeiffer from 2002-04. During that time, the pair helped guide the Falcons to CVAC conference championships in 2003 and 2004. In 2004, the Falcons set s school record with 41 wins, capturing the CVAC regular season championship. The 2004 team, which completed the year ranked second in the country with 112 home runs, finished second in the South Atlantic Regional and ended the season ranked 15th nationally. In addition, the 2004 squad ended the season ranked No. 10 in the nation according to Collegiate Baseball Magazine.
Personal: Hayes graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne University with a B.A. in physical education before earning a master’s degree in 2004 from Pfeiffer in organizational change and leadership.
Hayes and his wife Christy live in Elon, N.C., with their sons Ty and Cal.