Chris Hayes Named Head Coach
Jacksonville University didn't have to go far to find a new baseball coach who also happens to be an alumnus and former JU player as assistant coach Chris Hayes was named head coach Friday. Read More
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.
Assistant Head Coach
Jacksonville University is pleased to announce that Rich Wallace has joined the Dolphin baseball program as its assistant head coach. He’ll serve as the hitting coach and recruiting coordinator. Wallace comes to JU after three seasons in the same role at Creighton University.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Rich Wallace and his family into our program. Rich is a highly regarded, well established recruiter with great familiarity of private institutions,” said Head Coach Chris Hayes. “He is a tireless worker with a proven track record of developing hitters and catchers. His passion, knowledge, and enthusiasm for college baseball will bring great value to the Dolphin program.”
Wallace was incredibly successful in his stint with the Blue Jays. In 2017, Creighton won the Big East regular season championship and featured a Freshman All-American, a Johnny Bench Watch List member, and the most home runs hit by a Creighton team since permanently moving to TD Ameritrade. In 2016, the squad was nationally-ranked for six weeks, set a team record with a 3.26 GPA, and had 29 student-athletes received a 3.0 or better.
The Jacksonville University baseball team welcomed home Mark Guerra in the 2016-17 offseason. Guerra, who played for the 1994 Dolphin team that went to the NCAA Regionals, has joined the coaching staff as the pitching coach.
“We are extremely excited to have Mark back in a Dolphin uniform,” said Head Coach Chris Hayes of his former teammate. “He brings a great deal of knowledge, experience and familiarity to our staff.”
Guerra joined the Dolphins in 1994 after playing at Okaloosa Walton College (now Northwest Florida State College) in 1992 and 1993. He and teammate Hayes helped lead the team to a 40-24 season and an NCAA Regional in Tallahassee. The Dolphins finished 24th in the nation, and Guerra was named an ABCA All-American while leading the nation in wins with 14, a Dolphin record.
Director of Baseball Operations