CASTINE, Maine -- Hayley Masi has been named Maine Maritime Academy's Head Men's and Women's Swimming Coach.
"Coach Masi and I are on the same page about the expectations for this program and how we will get there," said Maine Maritime Director of Athletics Steve Peed. "She has already proven that she can deliver in both training and recruiting committed swimmers. I look forward to watching her grow as the leader of this program and watching the program grow under her enthusiastic leadership."
"I would like to thank Director of Athletics Steve Peed and the rest of the search committee for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of the Men's and Women's Swimming Program at Maine Maritime Academy," said Masi. "As a new and developing program we have the ability to create a legacy and set a precedent for an extremely successful future. I am really looking forward to leading such an incredible and motivated group of student-athletes."
Masi was named Maine Maritime's Interim Swimming Coach in December and helped lead the Mariners in their inaugural NCAA season. Under Masi's guidance the men's swimming team captured head-to head-victories against Gordon College, Western Connecticut State and Saint Joseph's College of Maine. Masi coached the Mariners to a number of personal bests since taking the reigns, including 14 personal best times at the program's first-ever New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NEISDA) Championship appearance where five swimmers represented Maine Maritime.
"Changing a head coach midseason is already challenging," said Peed. "Doing it with a first-year program may be even more challenging. We dropped Hayley in into an incredibly difficult situation and she acquitted herself well, just as she did in the search process."
Masi, a 2018 graduate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, was a four-year member of the swimming and diving team and served as captain during her senior season.
"Hayley has been incredibly invested since day one and has developed an outstanding rapport with our current, deposited, and prospective swimmers," added Peed.
Masi, a New Jersey native, is currently working towards a Master's in Sports Coaching at West Virginia University.