Chris Hayes enters his first year as the Dolphin Head Coach after spending three years as the Dolphins assistant head coach during his second stint with the team that began in 2013.
As assistant head coach, Hayes served as the third base coach, coordinated the Dolphin offense, worked with the hitters, baserunners and infielders. He also coordinated and managed team travel, equipment and the strength and conditioning program. Additionally, Hayes spent significant time assisting Dolphin recruiting coordinator, Chuck Jeroloman, with recruiting.
Hayes' credentials as a result of working with the JU offense during his eight years as an assistant are impressive.
During his tenure, the Dolphins posted an eight-year batting average of .288, scored 5.95 runs per game and averaged 78 stolen bases per season and his work with the infield produced an average .964 fielding percentage.
Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Chuck Jeroloman joined Coach Montez's staff as Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator July of 2013 after two years on Jim Schlossnagle's staff at TCU.
"I am very happy to welcome Chuck, his lovely wife Tara and their two children into our Dolphin family," said Montez. "He comes very highly recommended from out in the baseball community. He is very versatile, and very well connected down in the South Florida region which will help us as he leads our recruiting efforts."
"It's an honor to join the staff at JU and work with Coach Montez and Coach Hayes," said Jeroloman. "My family and I are truly excited to become part of the Jacksonville community and JU family. The opportunity to work for a great university, with an extremely respected staff, in my home state is something I couldn't pass up."
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Josh Adams, a native son of Jacksonville and the all-time leader in games played (253) and games started (252) for the University of Florida, has joined the Dolphins as the final member of the Jacksonville University baseball coaching staff. Adams will be a volunteer assistant coach for the 2016-17 season.
"Josh is a Jacksonville guy that has had a great deal of success in the game throughout his career," said Head Coach Chris Hayes. "We are excited to have him join the Dolphin coaching staff."
Adams returns to Jacksonville after five years of professional baseball, joining the league in 2011 after the Florida Marlins drafted him in the 13th round. The infielder and catcher hybrid was originally drafted in the 30th round by the Minnesota Twins in 2007, but elected to go to Florida instead.
Dr. Todd Hall
Director of Baseball Operations