Jim Hayford

Jim Hayford (born May 5, 1967)

Teams coached: Sioux Falls Cougars, Whitworth Pirates, Eastern Washington Eagles, Seattle Redhawks
Sioux Falls record^: 37–27 (.578)
Whitford record^: 217–57 (.792)
Eastern Washington record: 106-91 (.538)
Seattle record: 64-55 (.538)
Overall record^: 424-230 (.648)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  1  (2015)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • CBI Appearances:  3  (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • CIT Appearances:  1  (2019)
  • Big Sky Regular Season Champion:  1  (2015)
  • Northwest (Div III) Regular Season Champion:  5  (2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011)
  • Big Sky Tournament Champion:  1  (2015)
  • NCAA Division III Tournament Appearances:  6  (2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2017-2021 Seattle
2011-2017 Eastern Washington
2001-2011 Whitworth
1999-2001 Sioux Falls
1990-1999 Azusa Pacific (asst)

Jim Hayford Facts

  • Jim Hayford
  • Born May 5, 1967
  • Hometown: Amherst, Ohio
  • Alma Mater: Azusa Pacific University (BS, 1989) / Claremont Graduate University (M.Ed, 1991)
  • Started coaching at the HS level, spending two years as the head coach at Berean Christian HS in Walnut Creek
  • First collegiate job was a nine year tenure as an assistant at his alma mater Azusa Pacific (Division II)
  • Spent two seasons as the head coach at Division II Sioux Falls, going 37-27 overall
  • Was the head coach at D-III Whitworth (WA) for ten seasons, winning 217 games and going to the D-III NCAA Tournament six times
    • Reached the Sweet Sixteen three times and the Elite Eight once
    • Named the Northwest Conference COY five times during his tenure
  • Hired as the head coach at D-I Eastern Washington in March 2011, leading the program to a 26-win season and a sweep of the Big Sky regular season and Tournament titles in 2015
    • Went to the CBI in each of the next two seasons, his last at EWU
  • Hired in March 2017 to be the new head coach at Seattle; went 64-55 over four seasons there
    • Led the team to 20 wins and a CBI appearance in his first year at the helm, then appeared in the CIT the following season
    • Placed on paid administrative leave in November 2021 after allegedly using a racial slur during practice and creating an overall “hostile” environment; less than a week later, officially resigned as head coach
  • Along with his wife, Robin, has one daughter and one son

Jim Hayford Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I, Division III and NAIA levels