Delaware Coach John Hayman ‘Steps Away’ As Head Coach

Delaware head men’s and women’s swimming and diving coach John Hayman will be leaving the program after nearly 30 years.

Hayman started with Delaware in 1989, coaching both the men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams. He announced Friday that he would be stepping away from the program to “return to the academic side of campus.”

The full Delaware press release is below:

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, Edgar 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.

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4 years ago

Any leading candidates? Should be some good applicants!

Brad Flood
4 years ago

Congratulations on your admirable tenure and accomplishments at UD, John. Wishing you all the best in your new endeavors.

Brad Flood
4 years ago

I place less than ZERO credence in a “heresay post” posted under an anonymous moniker.

Put your name on it, or keep it to yourself.

Brad Flood

big man
4 years ago

I have honestly only heard poor things about this coach. The swimmers would tell you the same thing

Reply to  big man
4 years ago

I heard lots of positives and I have seen lots of kids get alot better under his tenure

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