Wilson, N.C. - The Tobs & their manager, Tony Rosselli, are happy to announce that Will Hayes will be joining the team as an assistant coach for the summer of '23. Just like the Tobs new manager, Will was born and raised in Terre Haute, IN. He played baseball at Missouri University of Science & Technology from 2017-2022 where he was a second baseman. During his college playing days, Will earned D2 Academic All-American honors in 2021, finished 2nd in career stolen bases, and finished 8th in career runs scored for the Miners. In 2018, Will was an all-star in the Mid-Plains League as a member of the Kansas City Knights, and then he played for his hometown Terre Haute Rex of the Prospect League in 2019. He graduated with a B.S. in mechanical engineering with minors in engineering management as well as psychology of leadership. Since graduating, Will has been spending time with family, traveling, and working part-time in tech enablement with a software company.
Will has always had a keen interest in service and leadership. In high school, he was a member of the Indiana High School Athletic Association Student Advisory Committee. While a member, he assisted in the planning and execution of the student leadership conference and raised over $4,000 for Special Olympics Indiana by organizing Unified basketball games. Will was also a member of Missouri S&T’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee, a community service chairman, a mentor at the local middle school, and worked as a youth care specialist at a behavioral health facility. He has a deep love for the game of baseball and spent much of his time growing up running around his local Riley Recreation League ballpark. Will has been a batboy, player, umpire & fan thus far in his baseball life, but he cannot wait to also add coach to his list of baseball titles. He looks forward to connecting with players this summer and is thrilled to be joining the Tobs organization for a fun, competitive season. Manager Tony Rosselli had this to say about his new assistant, "I played with Will's brother, who was also a great athlete, and Will would always be around when we were training. Will went on to play college ball and has been around the game his whole life, so I wanted to see if he had some baseball left in him and extend this offer to be my assistant. He has a good head on his shoulders, is a really good guy and I trust everything he will do for the team. He brings an energy to the clubhouse that translates to a championship mentality and I look forward to having him on board for 2023."