Long-Time Delaware Head Coach John Hayman Steps Away from the Pool Deck

NEWARK, Del. – After nearly 30 years at the helm of the University of Delaware swimming & diving programs, John Hayman is stepping away from his role as head coach to return to the academic side of campus.

“The multitude of student-athletes, parents, alums and fellow coaches that I have had the pleasure to know over the years at UD is unforgettable,” shared Hayman. “I am sincerely thankful to Edgar Johnson for giving me the opportunity to join the Blue Hens family so many years ago.”

Hayman arrived at Delaware in 1989 to take over the coaching duties of both the men’s and women’s swimming & diving programs. During his 29 seasons, he piled up over 377 dual victories, six conference titles and combined to finish in the top three of conference meets 24 times in 54 competitions.

“We are incredibly appreciative for the almost 30 years that John has devoted to Delaware and this swimming and diving program, “ Director of Athletics and Recreation Services Chrissi Rawak said. “He has impacted so many people during his time here and we wish him continued success in all of his future endeavors on campus.”

During his tenure, the Blue Hens combined record in dual meets was 377-258 (.594) and he was awarded seven conference Coach of the Year accolades (1992, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2008).  Over 60 Blue Hens won conference champions, including five Mid-Major All-Americans and 2002 NCAA championship diving participant Julie Van Deusen.

“Having hired John, it has been my privilege to be a part of his career here at Delaware,” said former University of Delaware Director of Athletics, Johnson.  “John is an outstanding coach but more importantly he is a gentleman who cares about his student-athletes above all else.  He and his contributions to the University’s Athletics Program will be missed. I wish him well as he transitions back to the faculty and the joys of teaching inside the classroom.”

Prior to becoming a Blue Hen, he spent three seasons at Gannon (Pa.) University and two years at Southern Illinois University as a graduate assistant.

A national search to replace Hayman will begin immediately.

Press release courtesy of Delaware Athletics. 

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Diana Pimer was a breaststroke/IMer at Keene State College and is the NEISDA Conference record holder in the 200 IM. She is currently an Age Group Coach at AGUA in New York City and has covered major competitions for Swimming World including the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, 2015 and 2017 FINA World Championships, USA Swimming Nationals and more.

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