Steve Hay will enter his eighth season as a member of the George Mason coaching staff in 2015 and he is in his 13th season as a collegiate assistant coach. Hay came to Mason after five seasons at Webber International University where he was pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. In 2002 the NAIA school finished among the top five in the country in ERA and in 2003, WIU was among the top 15 in that category. The team also won the NAIA Baseball Scholar Team Award two years in a row.
In Hay's 12 seasons, 14 different pitchers he has coached have been selected in the Major League Baseball Draft and 25 players have moved on to professional careers. Most recently, pitchers Chris O'Grady and Brandon Kuter were selected in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft.
With Mason, he is not just the team's pitching coach, but the recruiting coordinator as well. In his first season at Mason, Hay helped guide Jordan Flasher to the school record in single-season and career saves as he finished among the top five in the nation in that category. He also coached J.J. Pannell who was named second-team All-CAA and was selected in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.
In his second season at Mason, Hay helped Ryan Brecko transition in midseason from starter to closer and he finished the year third-team All-CAA. Starter Dan Gerjets also was named third-team All-CAA. The 2008 season saw the Patriots have the fourth-most strikeouts in team history, the fourth-best strikeout-to-walk ratio and the seventh-best season in school history in terms of fewest walks allowed per nine innings. Two of his pitchers were selected in the Major League Baseball draftthat year as well, Mike Modica and Jordan Flasher. Both chose to return to Mason and continue to work under Hay.
In his third season at Mason, Hay coached a pair of starters to first-team All-CAA status, the first time in school history Mason has placed two hurlers on the first team. Additionally, Mike Modica earned second-team All-American honors, best-ever for a Mason pitcher. The Patriots' pitching staff was sixth in school history in ERA, ninth in lowest opponent's batting average, fourth in strikeouts and fourth in strikeout-to-walk ratio. Modica and Flasher were again selected in the Major League Baseball Draft as was Shawn Griffith. The trio are currently playing professional baseball.
In his fourth season, Hay guided Anthony Montefusco to the CAA Rookie of the Year Award, the first-ever such honor for a Mason player. Montefusco was also named second-team All-CAA and a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American. Montefusco set school records for ERA and opponent's batting average.
In his fifth season with the Patriots, Hay took a young staff and guided three first-year pitchers to ERA's better-than 4.30. Freshman Jake Kalish led the staff in ERA and opponent's batting average and had one-third of the team's saves while freshman Neight Hoffa was second on the team in appearances and ERA.
In 2014 Hay helped the Mason pitching staff to one of its best seasons. The staff set single-season records for the fewest walks per nine innings, fewest homeruns allowed and set a new mark for the lowest team ERA in a season by over half a run. Anthony Montefusco and Jared Gaynor each earned spots on the All-Atlantic 10 Second Team and made the A-10 All-Tournament Team along with freshman Tyler Zombro, who earned a spot on the A-10 All-Rookie Team.
Hay also coached the Edenton Steamers in the Coastal Plains League, first as an assistant in 2002, then as head coach in 2003. Hay played collegiate baseball at Gulf Coast Community College before transferring to WIU. He set the single-season record at WIU for innings pitched and finished fifth all-time in school history in wins. He was the school's Pitcher of the Year in 1999 and that same season, he set Florida Sun Conference records for fewest walks with 100-plus innings pitched (10) and most innings pitched in a single game (13).
Hay is a native of Somerset, Pa. He earned a bachelor's degree in business management from WIU in 1999 and an M.B. A. in Sport Management in 2005.