BABSON PARK, Mass.—Babson College head men's lacrosse coach Rocky Batty announced the hiring of Kyle Hayes as the program's new full-time assistant coach on Wednesday.
Hayes comes to Babson following a two-year stint as a graduate assistant men's lacrosse coach at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pa. He served as the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator for the Cougars, who made a pair of Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Freedom conference tournament appearances. Hayes helped Misericordia set a school record with 14 wins on the way to reaching the league final in 2018, while the 2019 squad finished 9-7.
"Coach Hayes will have an immediate impact on our program," commented Batty. "He's learned from some of the best, has experience on both sides of the ball, is knowledgeable with scouting and in the film room, and will be a workhorse on the recruiting trail. He also will bring terrific energy, personality, and character into our locker room and to our program. I'm really looking forward to working with Kyle. The Beavers are fortunate to have him on board!"
No stranger to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), Hayes spent the 2015-16 campaign at Wheaton College. He served as the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator while helping the Lyons reach the conference tournament semifinals.
In addition to his collegiate experience, Hayes spent two seasons as an advanced scouting coordinator for the New York Lizards of Major League Lacrosse just prior to his time at Misericorida. While with the Lizards, he was responsible for putting together scouting reports and film breakdown in addition to assisting with game planning.
Hayes also spent the 2017 season as an assistant coach at Marvin Ridge High School in Waxhaw, N.C., where he ran the offense and coached six all-state selections as the program reached the state semifinals.
"I'd like to thank Director of Athletics Mike Lynch and coach Batty for the opportunity to join the Babson College family. I'm extremely excited to contribute to Coach Batty's vision of building an exceptional lacrosse program, and for the opportunity to help develop the young men of the Babson lacrosse team on and off the field. I'd also like to thank my mentors, family and friends for their unwavering support and guidance throughout this process."
After beginning his career at Plattsburgh State University, Hayes transferred to the University of Mississippi and earned his bachelor of science degree in business administration in 2015. While at Ole Miss, he was a three-year starter and served as team captain and director of operations for the Rebels, who competed in the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA).