Schlafer to add external operations to current duties
John Hayden is in his sixth season working with the men's basketball program after being promoted to associate director of media relations in July.
Hayden has served as the primary contact for women's soccer and the secondary contact for men's basketball the past five seasons and will continue to handle UK's media relations efforts with both sports. However, Hayden's work with the men's basketball team will expand as he will now be the primary media relations contact for all men's basketball student-athletes, assistant coaches and staff.
Hayden will also continue to hire and oversee Kentucky's two media relations assistants, but will now also be the liaison and supervisor over UK's assistant directors of media relations.
He spent six years as assistant director of media relations at the University of Alabama where he directed the media and public relations efforts for the football, softball, women's soccer, men's cross country, and track and field programs.
During his tenure with Alabama, the softball team made four appearances at the College World Series (2000, 2003, 2005, 2006).
After graduating from Alabama in December of 1998 with a degree in broadcasting, Hayden served as an intern in the media relations department with the Chicago White Sox's AA affiliate, the Birmingham Barons, during the 1999 season.
A Paducah, Ky., native, he and his wife, Maria, gave birth to a new baby daughter, Lillian Mary, on Sept. 14, 2011.