UMBC Director of Athletics Tim Hall announced today the hiring of Johnetta Hayes as UMBC's new women's basketball head coach. Hayes, the ninth head coach in school history, will be introduced to the media and campus community at an event to be held at The UMBC Event Center next Monday, April 29 at 3 p.m. and will streamed live on Facebook Live.
"It's a great day for Retriever Nation as we welcome Johnetta Hayes to Baltimore," said Hall. "She has been a very successful head coach at the Division I level and we are very confident that she will be able to serve as a outstanding leader of our women's basketball program."
Hayes has served as the head coach of Texas Southern University since the 2013-14 season after spending the 2012-13 season as the associate head coach. She has accumulated a 115-73 record over her six seasons at the helm of the Lady Tigers.
In her debut season, the Houston, Texas native produced a record of 20-13, one of two 20-win seasons in her tenure. Hayes earned SWAC Coach of the Year in 2015, then guided the Lady Tigers to the the regular season titles in 2015-16 and 2016-17. The squad captured the SWAC Tournament in March of 2017, earning the first NCAA Tournament berth for the program.
Hayes lead the Lady Tigers to four postseason appearances, including a pair of WNIT appearances (2015, 2016) The NCAA Tournament (2017) and the WBI Tournament (2018). She was also a part of the staff that led Texas Southern to the WNIT in 2013 as the associate head coach after winning the SWAC regular season title.
"I am very excited to join the UMBC family and can not wait to help return the program to the top of the America East Conference," Hayes said of the opportunity. "Throughout the process, I have been impressed by the university and the department leadership, and the commitment to athletics and the development of the entire student-athlete. I can't wait to get started."
Prior to her time in Houston, Hayes spent two years on coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke's staff at UNCW as an assistant coach. During her two seasons, the Seahawks recorded back-to-back 20-win seasons, making an appearance in the NCAA Tournament both times.
Before arriving at UNCW, Hayes was an assistant coach at North Texas (2008-10), where she helped mentor Sun Belt Conference Rookie of the Year honoree Jasmine Godbout, who became the second player in program history to earn the honor.
Hayes has also served as the head coach at Wiley (Texas) College (2006-08) and Prairie View A&M (2004-06).
Hayes was a four-year letterwinner at Rice University (2000-04). She earned First Team All-WAC honors in 2003 after leading Rice in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots and field goal percentage. Hayes was ranked 16th nationally in blocked shots per game during the 2002-03 season, averaging 2.46 blocks per game and is third in program history with 142 blocked shots in her career.
Hayes graduated with degrees in sociology and biology from Rice University in 2004, earning a master's degree in education from Prairie View A&M in 2006.