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 John Hayden
John Hayden

Associate Director of Media Relations

Sports Covered:
Men's Basketball, Women's Soccer


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John Hayden is in his eighth season working with the men's basketball program, and his second as the primary media contact, after being promoted to associate director of media relations in July, 2011.

Hayden has also served as the primary contact for women's soccer program for the past eight seasons and will continue to handle UK's media relations efforts with both sports. However, his work with the men's basketball team expanded in 2012 being elevated to the primary media relations contact for all head coach John Calipari, men's basketball student-athletes, assistant coaches and staff.

Hayden also continues to hire and oversee Kentucky's media relations assistants, and also serves as 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 communications, 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, have a two-year old daughter, Lilly.