WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13, 2003
Baseball Names Chris Hayes Assistant Coach

Aug. 13, 2003

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - JU has hired former Dolphin third baseman Chris Hayes as assistant baseball coach and Les Wright has been promoted to pitching coach, head coach Terry Alexander announced Thursday. Hayes has been an assistant coach at Wolfson High for the past three years after a six-year playing career in the minor leagues, while Wright takes over the pitching staff after working with the Dolphin defense the past two years. Wright has also brought on former Kansas City Royals pitcher Mike Jones (1980-81, 84-85) as a volunteer assistant to help with the pitching staff in the fall.

Hayes was a four-starter at JU from 1992-95 and led the Dolphins to the only consecutive NCAA Regional appearances (1994, 1995) in school history. In 1994, he led the conference in hits (89) and doubles (21) and led the team with a .369 batting average, 89 hits and 49 RBI to earn Sun Belt All-Conference honors as a junior. He also earned All-Regional honors as the Dolphins advanced to the regional final in Tallahassee. Hayes earned all-conference honors as a senior, leading the team with 54 runs and 60 RBI in 1995 and ranks third all-time at JU in at bats, hits, doubles, RBI and total bases, while ranking seventh in runs.

Hayes was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 28th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft and spent six seasons (1995-2000) in their minor-league system, playing every infield and outfield position.

In addition to coaching baseball at Wolfson, Hayes has been the assistant volleyball coach for the last two years. He has also been an instructor for several baseball camps at JU, Florida and Wolfson.

"We're excited to have Chris join us because he brings more to the staff than just baseball knowledge," said Alexander, the Dolphins' all-time winningest coach who is entering his 14th season. "He brings a sense of family, because he has been coming to my camp since he was a boy, went to high school in Jacksonville and played at JU."

"When Chris was a player he was always the first one on the field and the last one off, and he brings that same work ethic to the coaching staff."

Wright was the pitching coach for Howard May at Terry Parker High for 18 years, during which the Braves won more games than any other team in the state of Florida.