Alec Hayden Joins Missouri as Associate Coach

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Missouri head swimming and diving coach Andrew Grevers announced the addition of Alec Hayden as associate head coach on the Missouri coaching staff.

“I’m very excited to have Alec Hayden join the University of Missouri swimming and diving staff,” Grevers said. “I have had the privilege of swimming against, coaching against and eventually working with Alec over the last 20 years, and I can’t wait to be reunited here in Columbia. He is an extremely intelligent coach who understands what it will take to be successful in the SEC and NCAA. I am honored to welcome Alec, his wife Laura, and son Nolan to the Mizzou swimming and diving family.”

Alec Hayden comes to Mizzou after a year with Alligator Aquatics in Arlington Heights, Ill.

“I’m thrilled to join the Missouri swimming and diving coaching staff,” Hayden said. “Through my conversations with Coach Grevers and the rest of Mizzou Athletics, I know this is a truly special and unique opportunity. I want to thank Coach Grevers for welcoming not only me, but also my wife and son, into the Mizzou family.”

The move comes one day after Missouri hired Tracy Martin as the other Associated Head Coach.

Hayden was elevated to head coach of Alligator Aquatics in March after nine months as the associate head coach, where he was responsible for all aspects of coaching and managing the 150-member program. Under his tutelage, Alligator Aquatics had the ISCA Showcase 13-year-old 100 and 200 breast champion, set 11 team records, and had multiple state and sectional finalists.

Prior to Alligator Aquatics, Hayden was an assistant coach and interim head coach at Northwestern for the 2017-18 season. He served as the Wildcats’ primary sprint coach and coordinated the program’s recruiting efforts.

Alec Hayden also spent four seasons as an assistant at Illinois and one year as an assistant at The College of William and Mary.

Starting his coaching career as the assistant senior coach at Nasa Wildcat Aquatics in Evanston, Ill., Hayden was promoted to head senior coach in 2010 after two seasons. He also served as a volunteer assistant coach at Northwestern from for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 campaigns.

A four-year letter winner and two-year captain at Northwestern, Hayden earned a B.A. in Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences and Economics in 2008.

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