Steve Hayn joined the United States Merchant Marine Academy in August of 2014 as the head coach for the men’s basketball program. He comes to the Academy from Dowling College (Oakdale, N.Y.) where he spent the eight seasons as the Golden Lions’ head coach.
Prior to coaching at Dowling College, Hayn spent five seasons as the head coach at Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, N.J.). In his last season at Stevens Tech, Coach Hayn finished with a 15-12 record, the school’s first trip to the Skyline Conference semifinals, and the second highest win total in school history.
From 1999-2001 he was the head coach at the State University of New York at Fredonia (Fredonia, N.Y.). Hayn’s other college basketball coaching experiences include being an assistant coach at Central Connecticut State University (New Britain, Conn.) from 1996-99, and at Genesee Community College (Batavia, N.Y.) from 1995-96. He was also the head coach for the varsity basketball team at Port Jefferson High School on Long Island from 1993-95.
Coach Hayn is a proven leader and mentor that has developed a strong reputation for turning programs around and building them into consistent winners. Coach Hayn has demonstrated at each stop of his coaching career that he has been able to lift each program up to a high standard of success on the court and in the classroom with high character young men. Coach Hayn just completed his 16th season as a head coach at the college level and is excited about having the opportunity to return the USMMA men’s basketball program back the success it has been accustomed to.
Coach Hayn finished the 2013-14 season at Dowling with a 22-7 record, East Coast Conference Coach of the Year honors, All-Met Writers Division II Coach of the Year honors, and a trip to the Division II ECC post-season tournament semifinals.
The 2012-2013 Golden Lions finished the season 13-16 overall and 8-10 in the conference. The Golden Lions were the 6th seed in the ECC tournament and beat LIU Post in the quarter-final round on the road in a 64-70 game and went on to beat NYIT on the road 85-67 to advance to the finals. The Golden Lions lost a hard fought 53-61 ECC tourney final game at the University of Bridgeport to the number one seed Purple Knights of Bridgeport.
The 2012-2013 season marked the first time in 22 years that the Golden Lions appeared in the conference tournament final game. The Golden Lions also touted the third ranked defense in the region based on .399 FG% allowed by their opponents. The Golden Lions played several close games during the regular season losing eight games by either a (1) point or (2) point margin, building hope that the golden Lions were ready to make such a run in the conference playoffs.
The 2011-2012 Golden lions finished the season 13-15 and 8-8 in ECC conference play and finished with a loss in the ECC semi-finals to eventual champion, LIU Post. Senior John Merchant scored 1,000 points and was named to the ECC 2nd team. Currently John Merchant is playing overseas in Italy with LB Legnano Basketball.
In his inaugural season at Dowling, 2006-2007; Hayn compiled a 6-21 overall record with a 5-15 conference mark and won the coveted 2007 Sam Schoenfeld Sportsmanship Award as voted by the members of the Metropolitan New York College Basketball Officials Association (CBOA).
The 2007-2008 campaign started with 11 straight losses, but the Golden Lions finished strong with a record of 9-8 in its last 17 games to qualify for the ECC post season tournament for the first time in five seasons. Sophomore guard David Seagers followed a brilliant freshman season with a terrific 2007-2008 campaign. Seagers was named to the ECC conference first team and was a First Team All-Metro selection.
The 2008-2009 season, Coach Hayn’s third season in Oakdale provided great hope as the Golden Lions took a nice step forward finishing fourth in the ECC and hosted a playoff game for the first time in nine seasons. Hayn’s club advanced to the semi-final round of the ECC tourney and eventually fell to the regional champion, C.W. Post. As a junior, Seagers again had a terrific season scoring his 1,000 career point and leading the team in scoring, assists, steals, and rebounds; earning him first team ECC honors for a second straight season.
Coach Hayn is proud of the progress the Golden Lions made on the court, but is more excited about the growth the men’s basketball team displayed with their efforts in the community. A former Special Education teacher, Coach Hayn places a great deal of emphasis on the student athletes experience and has worked hard at placing all students in a position to grow and develop as young men.
The 2008-2009 season saw the men’s basketball team work hard to fulfill the Dowling College Athletic Department’s mantra of BUILDING CHAMPIONS. Through real life experiences, 2008-2009 provided some great opportunities for the young men in the basketball program. The men’s basketball team worked with the women’s basketball program to grant a wish through the make a wish foundation to a young lady on LI who was battling a life threatening illness. Our basketball teams raised $5,500 to grant a single wish so a special young lady had an opportunity to travel to Disney World that summer.
For the five years prior to arriving at Dowling College, Hayn built the Stevens Institute of Technology basketball team into a winning program; a program that won 30% of their games prior to Coach Hayn’s arrival. In 2005-06, his team finished with a 15-12 record, their first winning season in ten years, and a spot in the Skyline Conference Post Season Tournament. The team advanced to the semi-finals of the tournament for the first time and received the Skyline Conference Sportsmanship Award for the third time under his leadership. The year following his departure from Stevens (06-07), the Ducks qualified for the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history and advanced to the “Sweet Sixteen” round of the Division III national tournament before falling to the eventual National Champion, Amherst College.
Before his time at Stevens, Hayn spent two seasons as the head coach at SUNY Fredonia guiding them to two semi-finals appearances in the SUNYAC Post-Season Tournament. Hayn’s two seasons at Fredonia included an ECAC Post-Season Tournament Finals appearance and the 2000-2001 Blue Devil season finishing 18-11 for the third most wins (18) in the school’s 90-year history.
Prior to becoming a Head Coach at the college level, Coach Hayn had valuable experiences as an assistant coach at Division I Central Connecticut State University under current head coach, Howie Dickenman and at Genesee Community College under now retired, Bill Van Gundy. Coach Hayn also spent two seasons as the head coach of Port Jefferson HS from 1994 to 1996 before joining Coach Van Gundy’s staff in Batavia, NY.
In three short years at CCSU, Coach Hayn helped to turn around the Blue Devils after they had amassed a 64-184 record in the 10 years prior to their arrival. The third season in New Britain saw the Blue Devils win 19 games; the first ever winning season in the schools Division I history, and advanced to the finals of the Northeast Conference Tournament. Following Hayn’s departure for Fredonia State, the 1999-2000 Blue Devils advanced to the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history.
While at Central Connecticut Coach Hayn was instrumental in recruiting and helping to develop Corsley Edwards from Baltimore, Maryland. Corsley was the first North East Conference basketball player selected in the NBA draft when he was picked with the last selection of the second round in 2002. Corsley just completed a 12 year professional career that included short stays with the Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Hornets as well as.
Coach Hayn also spent two seasons as the head coach of Port Jefferson HS from 1994 to 1996 before joining Coach Van Gundy’s staff in Batavia, NY.
The Long Island native grew up in Port Jefferson Station and played at Comsewogue High School under legendary New York State Coaches Hall of Fame member, Frank Romeo. He went on to play at Stony Brook University for Joe Castiglie and captained the team in 1990 and 1991. Coach Hayn scored over 1,000 points during his time at Stony Brook and captained the 1991 team that made an appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Hayn earned his bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1991. He graduated with a master’s degeree in Special Education from C.W. Post in 1993. Hayn played basketball at Stony Brook from 1989-91, including being a team captain from 1990-91. Prior to joining Stony Book, Hayn played basketball from 1988-89 at Union College.