BASEBALL: Guilford hires Brian Hayden, West Haven Junior Legion coach, as new head coach

Brian Hayden is the new baseball coach at Guilford, replacing Pete Civitello. He was appointed late last month.

Hayden, 31, was the JV coach for the Indians the past two seasons. He has also coached in the town's youth programs the last six years, in addition to the Junior Legion team at West Haven.

"I'm very excited to get this opportunity," Hayden said. "Pete won a state championship at a pretty young age (at Guilford, 2007 Class L). My expectations are similar to what he had, but our first step is to get back into the state tournament (Guilford has missed it the last three years) and get a feel for that again.

Hayden played for Jon Capone at West Haven, then went on to play for Tim Shea at Southern Connecticut State University.

Now Hayden gets his first varsity coaching job in arguably the best conference in the entire state.

"It's going to be a challenge. There are a lot of great coaches in the SCC (Southern Connecticut Conference)," Hayden said. "In order to compete with these teams, we will have to put in the work and effort it will take to play at that level. I'm excited for the challenge."

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