Steve Hayn, who has more than 25 years of collegiate leadership experience, including 17 seasons as a head coach, enters his third season as Senior Advisor to Head Men’s Basketball Coach Steve Pikiell in 2018-19.
Hayn, who is one of five men’s basketball staffers with experience as a collegiate head coach, has achieved success throughout his career at multiple levels.. At his four head coaching stops, Hayn’s programs have collectively averaged 7.75 more wins in his final season at the helm as compared to his first. Perhaps his best season came in 2013-14, when he led Dowling College to a 22-7 mark to earn both East Coast Conference and Metropolitan Basketball Writers Coach of the Year honors.
A native of Long Island, Hayn and Pikiell served as assistants together in the Division I ranks at Central Connecticut State under head coach Howie Dickenman. They helped take the youngest team in the country from just four wins in 1997-98 to a school-record 19 victories and a Northeast Conference Tournament finals appearance in 1998-99. He also helped recruit and coach 2002 NEC Player of the Year Corsley Edwards, who was a second round NBA Draft choice of the Sacramento Kings.
From 1999-01, Hayn was the head coach at the State University of New York at Fredonia (N.Y.). He directed the team to a 12-14 record in his first season, before enabling an 18-11 mark in 2000-01.
Hayn spent five seasons as head coach at Stevens Institute of Technology. After an 8-18 record in his initial season (2001-02), his tenure culminated with a 15-12 record and the school’s first trip to the Skyline Conference semifinals in 2006. He also set the table for the Ducks to earn their first ever NCAA Tournament berth and a Sweet 16 appearance with a 23-7 record the next season.