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John Michael Hayden joined the Lipscomb team back in 2013 and has made a tremendous impact in the growth of the program. Since his arrival the program has posted a 21-13-4 record and has received multiple conference, regional, and national recognitions.
Following the completion of the 2013 campaign the program received both its first Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year and Atlantic Sun Conference Coach of the Year recognitions. The team went 9-9-2 overall and finished the season with a solid run at the A-Sun Conference tournament.
John Michael’s work off the field was also exemplified during the 2014 season in which multiple freshmen made significant impacts throughout the course of the year. Overall the team finished with its best overall record of 12-4-1 while also achieving other program first such as winning the A-Sun Conference Regular Season title. The year also saw freshmen Ivan Alvarado claim the A-Sun Conference Freshmen of the Year award and senior Luke Gearin receiving the A-Sun Conference Defender of the Year award. The 2014 Bison team also received multiple votes for the NSCAA National top 25 and was ranked as high as #4 in the NSCAA Southeast Regional Poll.
Hayden came to Lipscomb after spending one year in the collegiate coaching ranks at the University of Louisville, where he helped guide the Cardinals to a 14-6-1 record and an Elite 8 appearance in 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 is a tremendous addition to Lipscomb."
For close to three years, Hayden served as the Director of Coaching with the Kentucky Fire Juniors USYSA club.
While with the Fire, Hayden earned the highest form of coaching education by obtaining a United States Soccer Federation National "A" License. He also traveled to Spain in 2012 with US Soccer as part of a coaching development workshop visiting the likes of FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Hayden had a celebrated youth career, where he was named a two-time Parade Magazine All-American at Trinity High School in Louisville, Kentucky. He was named NSCAA/adidas Kentucky Player of the Year along with Gatorade and Eurosport State Player of the Year honors. Before signing with Indiana University as a midfielder, Hayden was recognized as a top 25 recruit with Soccer America.
While with Indiana University, Hayden helped guide the Hoosiers to back-to-back National Championships in 2003 and 2004.
Perhaps the highlight of his career came in 2004, when he scored on an overtime header to defeat the third-ranked Maryland Terripans to put his Hoosiers in the NCAA College Cup National Final against UC Santa Barbara.
In his sophomore season, Hayden had career highs across the board, (7) goals, (4) assists and (18) total points. He also tied for the team lead in game-winners (6). Hayden garnered individual honors of Big Ten All-Conference selection in both 2004 and 2006, along with being named to the NCAA College Cup All-Tournament team during the 2004 NCAA championship run.
In 2007 Hayden entered into the Major League Soccer Superdraft and was selected 13th overall by the previous years MLS Cup champion Houston Dynamo. His professional debut came on July 10, 2007 in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup against Charleston Battery. In his rookie season, the Dynamo won another MLS Cup Championship. In May 2009, he was loaned out to USL-1 side Cleveland City Stars. While there, he landed USL-1 team of the week accolades following performances against the Portland Timbers and the Minnesota Thunder. In January 2010, Hayden signed with his hometown's Louisville Lightning from the Professional Arena Soccer League.
On December 1, 2007 Hayden married Hollie Minogue, who played soccer for the University of Louisville women's team.
They couple have two sons, Liam (2) and Jacob (2 months).