LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The University of Louisville has found its new soccer coach.
John Michael Hayden, an assistant at UofL the last three years, has been promoted to succeed his former boss, Ken Lolla.
Lolla built Louisville into a national power but resigned this month after 13 years at the helm here.
Hayden is a Louisville native who starred at Trinity High School and later at perennial powerhouse Indiana University.
He was an assistant at UofL in 2012, before taking on similar roles at Lipscomb and Xavier for three seasons. Hayden returned to Louisville in 2016, and helped guide the Cards under Lolla for three more seasons.
“Following a diligent search process, we are extremely pleased to name John Michael as our next head coach,” UofL athletic director Vince Tyra said in a statement Thursday. “There was an amazing amount of support for John Michael from all levels of the soccer world, including many connected with our program at Louisville. He’s a talented coach and relentless recruiter who enjoys teaching an attacking style that will foster ongoing success.”
Hayden becomes the fifth head coach in the history of the UofL men’s soccer program, which completed its 40th season in 2018. In his four combined seasons as an assistant coach, the Cardinals accumulated a 52-19-11 record with four NCAA Championship berths, three Elite Eight appearances and two conference championships.
“Through my soccer career, I have spent time in a number of championship environments as both a player and coach, which gives me a blueprint for what it takes to win,” Hayden said. “My hope is to build on the success Ken Lolla achieved here at Louisville and to raise the program to an even higher standard of excellence. Ken laid a great foundation and I’d be remiss to not thank him for all he has done for me. He is an unbelievable coach, mentor, and most importantly, a good friend. I wish Ken all the best in his future endeavors.”
Hayden’s wife, Hollie Minogue, is a former UofL player. The couple has two sons.