MACON, Ga. – Mercer University Director of Athletics Jim Cole announced Monday the hiring of Josh Hayman as the Bears’ head men’s and women’s cross country coach.
Hayman was named the NJCAA Atlantic and Region X Coach of the Year in 2017 and 2018, having led Louisburg College (N.C.) to national success over the last two years. His cross country and track and field programs ranked inside the top 10 nationally at the junior college level.
“We’re thrilled to have Josh assume the leadership of our cross country program and continue the momentum built over the last two years,” Cole said. “Josh has a proven record of success at Louisburg College and ULM and his dedication to student-athlete success embodies the core values we strive toward at Mercer.”
In addition to his role as cross country head coach, Hayman will serve as an assistant coach on Jerod Wims’ track and field staff.
“To have the privilege to lead Mercer’s cross country program and join Coach Wims as a part of the track and field staff is extremely exciting,” Hayman said. “I cannot thank Coach Wims, Jim Cole, Sybil Blalock and the rest of the search committee enough for their confidence in me and the chance to lead this growing program.
“I cannot wait to join an athletic department with such a high culture of excellence and a strong focus on the student-athlete experience. I strongly believe this program has all of potential to climb the ranks of the Southern Conference on the course and in the classroom. It is an honor to get to represent one of the nation’s most respected academic institutions and I can’t wait to arrive in Macon.”
Hayman helped Louisburg usher in its track and field program during the 2017-18 academic year and led it to immediate success; the Hurricanes placed 15th at the 2019 NJCAA Indoor National Championship and had five indoor All-Americans on the roster. He led Louisburg’s men’s cross country team to back-to-back Region X titles in 2017 and 2018 and the women’s team to a 2018 Region X title. In just two academic years with Louisburg, Hayman helped develop four NJCAA Atlantic cross country or track and field athletes of the year.
Prior to his success at Louisburg, Hayman served as the acting head cross country and distance coach at University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) while pursuing his master’s degree in exercise science. He held a position at ULM from July 2015 to August 2017. During his time with the Warhawks, Hayman coached several All-Sun Belt athletes in the 10,000-meter run, 5,000-meter run and 1,500-meter run and additionally had a top-five finisher at the Sun Belt Cross Country Championships in Elias Keter. Under his direction, the ULM women had their highest finish at the Sun Belt Championships in the previous six years.
Hayman, a Delaware native, ran cross country and track at Syracuse University, where he graduated in 2015 with a degree in exercise science. He primarily ran middle-distance events, culminating in an All-Big East performance in the 4x800-meter relay at the 2013 Big East Championship. The Orangemen won the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship during Hayman’s final year at Syracuse in 2015.
The Hayman File
Hometown: Middletown, Del.
High School: Appoquinimink High School, 2011
College: Syracuse University, 2015 | ULM, 2017
2019-Present: Mercer University (Head Coach)
2017-19: Louisburg College (Head Coach)
2015-17: ULM (Interim Head Coach / Graduate Assistant)