Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Mark Hayes enters his second season with the Duke baseball program after joining the Blue Devil staff in 2012. Hayes serves as Duke’s hitting coach and works with the outfielders in addition to coaching third base during games and managing the program’s camps.
Under Hayes’ tutelage, the Blue Devils had three players hit .300 or above in 2013 while all seven position players who started 40 or more games hit at least .280 for the season.
Hayes mentored second baseman Andy Perez and third baseman Jordan Betts, who both garnered second team All-ACC honors, becoming the first Duke position players to earn all-conference accolades since Nate Freiman and Jeremy Gould appeared on the second team 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.
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.
Additionally, first baseman Chris Marconcini returned from injury to lead Duke in home runs (8) and slugging percentage (.537), while junior Mark Lumpa developed into one of Duke’s most consistent hitters, batting .390 over the final 25 games of the season.
Before arriving in Durham, N.C., Hayes spent eight years as the head coach at Pfeiffer University, compiling a 201-230-1 record in that span. Under his guidance, numerous Falcons garnered recognition including 15 all-conference picks over Hayes’ final four seasons in Misenheimer, N.C.
Prior to assuming the reins as Pfeiffer’s head coach, Hayes served as an assistant coach under Chris Pollard at Pfeiffer from 2001-04. During that time, the pair helped guide the Falcons to CVAC conference championships in 2003 and 2004. The 2004 squad also advanced to the NCAA Tournament and ended the season ranked No. 10 in the nation according to Collegiate Baseball Magazine.
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 Burlington, N.C., with their son Ty.