Ray Hayward Named Texas Tech Pitching Coach
Hayward was the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Oklahoma from 2000-2004
June 26, 2012
"When the thought of getting Ray on board came to mind, I thought he was overqualified to be available to teach and mentor on our staff," Tadlock said. "His pedigree along with the combination of teaching and evaluating and all of the experience he brings to the table is something that all of us will benefit and grow from."
Hayward, 51, returns to the collegiate level after spending the past eight years at the professional ranks as the Midwest scouting supervisor for the Miami Marlins. He also spent five years as the pitching coach/recruiting coordinator at Oklahoma (2000-04) after serving six years as a scout in the Detroit Tigers organization (1994-99). Hayward also pitched in the big leagues for three seasons with the San Diego Padres and Texas Rangers.
"I'm very excited, not only about coming to a wonderful place, but also to work with someone like Coach Tadlock and his entire coaching staff," Hayward said. "I'm looking forward to getting after it and improving this entire program and getting it to where it should be. I know the people out there are wonderful. I've heard a lot of good things about everything at Texas Tech. My family and I are also looking forward to joining the Lubbock community. I'm ready to go."
Hayward supervised scouting in a 19-state area that includes, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Alabama, Michigan, Indiana, Mississippi, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota and the west portion of Kentucky and Tennessee.
During his time as the Midwest scouting supervisor, the Marlins selected 32 players in the top-10 rounds of the Major League Baseball Draft from Hayward's area, including 21 pitchers and 11 position players.
In addition, Hayward's scouting area produced four Marlins first-round picks while the organization selected seven players from within Hayward's area in the top-10 rounds during the 2012 MLB Draft.
Currently, among the Marlins' top-20 MLB prospects, four prospects - including two of the top six - came from the Midwest region that Hayward oversaw while three of the four prospects are pitchers. Hayward spent five seasons in the Big 12 Conference as the pitching coach at his alma mater, Oklahoma, from 2000-2004. Prior to beginning his coaching career, Hayward pitched three seasons in the big leagues with the San Diego Padres (1986-87) and the Texas Rangers (1988). He finished his playing career in the Rangers organization in 1991 before spending six years as an area scout with the Detroit Tigers (1994-99).
He returned to Norman as the Sooners pitching coach and recruiting coordinator in 2000, where he helped guide Oklahoma to three NCAA Tournament appearances in five seasons.
Hayward's arrival brought an immediate impact to the Sooners pitching staff as his pitchers set a school record with 21 saves in 2000 - a mark that remains today as the program's most saves in a season. In fact, during his first season as pitching coach, Hayward helped drop Oklahoma's team earned run average from 6.25 in 1999 to 4.74 in 2000.
He also mentored two Oklahoma pitchers in 2000 that earned All-America recognition - an impressive accomplishment when considering just one OU pitcher had received All-America status during the previous 15 years to Hayward's arrival as pitching coach.
In fact, Hayward's first All-American pitcher at Oklahoma, Jeff Bajenaru, tallied an Oklahoma and Big 12 all-time record 20 saves during the 2000 season. Bajenaru went on to earn All-America accolades from six national publications - including first team recognition from the ABCA and NCBWA.
Overall, five of Hayward's pitchers at Oklahoma continue to hold school records while three of his hurlers collected six All-America/Freshman All-America awards. In addition, Hayward mentored 10 pitchers at Oklahoma that received All-Big 12 honors.
Hayward developed 13 pitchers at Oklahoma into Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft selections, including five that were taken in the top-10 rounds.
His final season at Oklahoma in 2004, Hayward had six pitchers selected in the top-30 rounds, including left-handed pitcher David Purcey who went 16th overall in the first round to the Toronto Blue Jays. It marked just the second time in school history (1985) that six pitchers had been selected in the top-30 rounds of the MLB Draft.
Hayward first made his name known on the Oklahoma campus while being arguably the greatest all-around baseball player in Oklahoma history. He completed his four-year career at OU as the 10th overall pick of the 1983 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres - becoming the second highest drafted left-handed pitcher in school history (1976 - LHP Bob Shirley, 8th overall - San Diego Padres).
He not only won 26 career games on the mound (ranks 4th all-time at OU), but he also recorded a .381 career batting average (ranked tied for 6th all-time at OU) while twice leading the team in batting as both a freshman and senior. Overall, Hayward remains in eight Oklahoma all-time record books while his 293 career strikeouts rank fourth and his 30 career complete games are a school record. In addition, Hayward's 30 career home runs remain in the OU record books tied for 10th all-time.
Hayward was a two-time All-American, earning third team honors as a pitcher/first baseman in 1981 and receiving first team recognition in 1983 as a pitcher. In fact, Hayward was named All-Big Eight as a pitcher and position player in both 1981 and 1983. It marked the first time in league history that a player was named all-conference at two positions in the same year.
Hayward's first time hearing his name called in the MLB Draft came in 1982 - following his junior season at Oklahoma - when the Pittsburgh Pirates selected him in the 12th round with the 295th overall pick.
He completed his prep career at Enid (Okla.) High School where he was a standout Oklahoma All-State selection.
Hayward and his wife, the former Jeannie Benoit of Las Vegas, Nev., have three children: Jaynie, David and Braden. Hayward was born in Enid, Okla., on April 27, 1961.
WHAT THOSE IN THE BASEBALL COMMUNITY ARE SAYING ABOUT Ray Hayward:
Stan Meek - Miami Marlins Vice President of Scouting & Former Oklahoma Pitching Coach
Larry Hays - Former Texas Tech Head Baseball Coach
David Purcey - Former Oklahoma LHP (1st Round, 16th Overall Pick in 2004) & Major League Pitcher
Steve Smith - Baylor Head Baseball Coach
Mark Lummus - Seattle Mariners Professional Scout
Jim Walton - Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau
Gerald Turner - Atlanta Braves Professional Scout
Enos Semore - Former Oklahoma Head Baseball Coach (1968-1989)
Mike Humphreys - Former Texas Tech Player, Former New York Yankees Player, Former Detroit Tigers Minor League Instructor/Scout
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