For Immediate Release
Haynes Named Head Baseball Coach
Kelly Haynes, who served as assistant coach of CVCC's baseball team in 2011, was recently named head coach for the Buccaneers.
Former head coach Frank Pait will continue with the team, serving as head assistant coach. He will take on an expanded role in the college’s admissions and recruiting office where he has worked since joining CVCC two years ago.
A 1996 graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina, Haynes coached the 2010 season at Division I Hofstra University Pride in Hempstead, NY. While at Hofstra, two of his players were named All-CAA, Hofstra set a school record for fielding percentage, and the Pride accumulated its most wins in over a decade.
Haynes coached at his alma mater for eight seasons from 1997 to 2003 and again in 2007. During his tenure, he served as a recruiting coordinator, infield coach and assisted with hitters. Haynes helped the school win conference tournament championships in 2000 and 2001. He also was part of a staff that led Lenoir-Rhyne to school records for wins in four different seasons, including the current mark of 35 wins in 2007.
Lenoir-Rhyne appeared in the NCAA Division II South Regional in 2001, and also finished in the Collegiate Baseball Top 25 that season. Haynes coached 22 all-conference performers, five All-South Region selections and two conference rookies of the year during his time with the Bears
Haynes and his wife, Angie, have one daughter, and live in Hickory.
“It has been a privilege helping establish CVCC’s first baseball program,” said Pait. “I thank Dr. Hinshaw and Athletic Director Jeff Moore for allowing me to grow the program. Many thanks also to my assistants Scott Lefler, Kelly Haynes, Jeremy Yoder and most of all the players who have represented us so well on the field and off the past two years.”
In the first two seasons, Pait coached the Bucs to a 69-36 record with a 50-10 record at home. In its inaugural season, the team ranked 14th in the country and last year ranked as a high as 3rd in the country, finishing 17th in the final poll. This season, the Bucs had the highest winning percentage of any team in the region at 38-15. The Bucs made regional playoffs both years, and 10 players signed with four-year colleges.