Men's soccer adds Hayden to staff
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
By Ryan Hilgemann
Men's soccer adds Hayden to staff

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Charles Morrow, head coach for men’s soccer, has announced the addition of John Michael Hayden to the coaching staff. Hayden joins Lipscomb after spending a year on the bench at the University of Louisville.

Hayden replaces Kevin Burk who became the Executive Director of the Tennessee Soccer Club.

“I would first like to thank Kevin for his service to Lipscomb and the men’s soccer program,” Morrow said. “He has been an integral part of building a competitive program here at Lipscomb. I am happy for Kevin and his family for the opportunity at the Tennessee Soccer Club.

“As sad as we are for Kevin to be leaving, we are equally as excited to welcome John Michael Hayden to the Lipscomb men’s soccer program. We had a tremendous pool of candidates and John Michael certainly stood out from the group.”

Hayden, who holds a United States Soccer Federation National “A” license, helped coach the Cardinals to a 14-6-1 mark and an appearance in the Elite 8 of the NCAA National Tournament.

“John Michael has been a great asset to our program at Louisville and we are grateful for him investing in our program,” Louisville head coach Ken Lolla said. “He will be a tremendous addition to Lipscomb.”

Hayden is a graduate of Indiana University where he played midfield for legendary head coach Jerry Yeagley along with Todd Yeagley, winning two national championships.

“John Michael would be the one guy I would go after to hire as my assistant coach if I were still coaching,” Jerry Yeagley, former Indiana head coach and six-time national champion, said. “He is one of the finest up and coming young coaches in the United States.

“Beyond a great player and great coach, Lipscomb has hired a great person. John Michael has great character and is a coach Lipscomb will be proud to have represent its men’s soccer program.”

On top of the two national titles, Hayden garnered individual honors earning Big Ten All-Conference selections in 2004 and 2006. He was also named to the NCAA College Cup All-Tournament team during the 2004 NCAA championship run.

“His playing career speaks for itself, but what really separated him from the group was his continued commitment to developing himself as a person and a coach along with his commitment to developing student-athletes athletically and from a character standpoint,” Morrow said.

Hayden thrust his high level of play into the 13th overall pick in the Major League Soccer First Round Super Draft where he was selected by the Houston Dynamo in 2007. In his rookie season, the Dynamo claimed the MLS Cup Championship.

After his playing days, Hayden became the director of coaching for the USYSA Mockingbird Valley SC and the Chicago Fire Juniors for the state of Kentucky before joining the Cardinals.

“Lipscomb has a fantastic person and coach with John Michael Hayden,” Todd Yeagley, current head coach at Indiana and 2012 National Champion, said. “He was a pleasure to work with during his time at Indiana and has quickly become one of the top young coaches in the country. His playing experience, along with his club and college coaching experience, will be a big asset to Lipscomb in the year ahead.”

Hayden is eager to join the Bisons and cited the direction of the program as his reason for wanting to join the family.

“I am very excited to join Lipscomb and begin work with coach Morrow,” Hayden said. “He has done a tremendous job over the years of building a program that competes year in and year out on the national stage.

“In discussing the programs future direction, he and I both share in the vision of bringing championships here to Lipscomb with the ultimate goal of competing for a national championship.”

Coach Morrow hopes that Hayden’s experience will provide a unique prospective.

“John Michael has been a part of championship teams at both the NCAA and MLS levels,” Morrow said. “He has competed at the highest level, knows first-hand how championships teams operate and understands that championship teams share more in common than just talent.

“John Michael also brings a wealth of recruiting contacts to the Lipscomb program. Many of the same players and coaches that John Michael played with and for are coaches around the country that we immediately have a connection with. Lipscomb is an unbelievable and distinctive environment and John Michael has the ability to share who we are and what we are with a very talented pool of players.”

Hayden also hopes to rely on past experience moving forward.

“It is also my belief that my past experiences as both a player and a coach will help me in this new role with Lipscomb,” Hayden said. “It is my vision to hold our players to the highest standards in order to achieve our goals while at the same time recruiting and developing first class character.”