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Softball Coaching Staff
Victoria Hayward
Assistant Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Washington ('14)

Hayward joined the Maryland staff in the summer of 2017 after guiding UMass to back-to-back winning seasons in 2016 and 2017. UMass was one of the top hitting teams in the Atlantic 10 in 2017, as the Minutewomen advanced to the conference title game while finishing second in the regular season standings. Batters/position players earned nine all-conference selections under her guidance, while three UMass hitters garnered NFCA All-Region selections during her tenure.

Hayward spent the 2015 season as a graduate assistant at LSU under head coach Beth Torina. The Tigers opened the year with 25-consecutive victories and spent three weeks as the No. 1 ranked team in the country, before ending the season with a 52-14 record and a third-place finish at the Women's College World Series. LSU's coaching staff was named the Division I South Region Staff of the Year by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

Hayward has been a member of the Canadian Senior National Team since 2009. When she made the squad in 2009 at 16 years old, she became the youngest player ever to join the senior team. She has been a mainstay in the outfield and has won six medals in international competition. Hayward was the 19th overall selection in the 2014 National Pro Fastpitch Draft by the Pennsylvania Rebellion.

Hayward participated in four NCAA Tournaments at the University of Washington. She was a 2014 All-American, a four-time All-Pac-12 selection and a three-time Academic All-Pac-12 honoree (2011-14). UW won four NCAA Regional Championships during her career and advanced to the Women's College World Series in 2013. She finished her career ranked 12th in average (.351), 10th in triples (7) and seventh in runs (176) while stealing a league-best 28 bases as a senior without committing an error all season. 

“Victoria possess the skills necessary to be one of the great coaches in our game. The lessons she learned as a student-athlete here at Washington combined with what she's already done as a coach and a player at the international and profession levels, makes her an asset to any program who wants to compete for championships.” – Heather Tarr, Head Coach Washington

 “Victoria has been with our national program for eight years and is a great young woman. She's become an exceptional world class ball player, and has put a lot of time into her craft. She is a smart, intuitive individual who has a strong passion for the game, and has excelled in her young coaching career.” – Mark Smith, Head Coach Team Canada