Former VUHS standout Devin Hayes to assist Panther nine

MIDDLEBURY — Former Vergennes Union High School and Castleton University baseball standout Devin Hayes has joined the Middlebury College baseball program as an assistant coach.
A 2017 Castleton graduate and four-year starting pitcher for the Spartans, Hayes helped Castleton win four straight North Atlantic Conference titles. He compiled a career record of 19-4, a 2.66 earned run average and struck out 183 batters in 203.1 innings for the Spartans.
During his senior season Hayes posted a 7-1 record with five complete games, a 1.58 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 62.1 innings of work, earning First Team All-NAC and several regional honors.
After graduating from Castleton, Hayes spent the summer playing in the Alaskan College Baseball League, registering a 3.03 earned run average in 32.2 innings, striking out 30 batters and tallying a 2-2 record.
In the summer of 2018, Hayes helped the Irish National Baseball team win Pool C of the European Championships, striking out 10 batters in five innings of work against Norway. He plans to continue competing with the Irish National team as well as pursuing professional baseball opportunities in the U.S.
At VUHS Hayes played a key role as the Commodores won the 2012 Division II baseball title, winning a complete-game three-hitter in the final. Hayes also played for the VUHS basketball team that won the 2013 D-II basketball championship.
Panther Head Coach Mike Leonard welcomed Hayes to the program.
“Devin Hayes will be an outstanding addition to our coaching staff,” said head coach Mike Leonard. “He was a tremendous competitor as a player, and his work ethic will make him an excellent coach. He had a solid career at Castleton and knows what it takes to compete at a high level.”
Hayes becomes the second former Commodore standout to join a Panther coaching staff this year following the summer hire of 2010 VUHS graduate Connor Merrill to assist the Middlebury men’s basketball program.
The Panther baseball program also hired former professional baseball pitcher Devin Burke to assist Leonard. Burke competed for six seasons in the Colorado Rockies’ minor league organization, making it as high as the AAA level, and also pitched for the New Britain Bees in the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball this summer. Burke was a college standout at Virginia Tech.

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