Hay steps down as Canyon softball coach


A week after leading Canyon’s softball team to its second consecutive CIF-SS semifinals appearance, Dan Hay announced he has stepped down as the school’s coach.

“It has been nine years of some of the best coaching years of my life,” Hay said. “Many, many memorable games and rivalries. It was a pleasure to work at Canyon because of the unconditional support from their administrators. I have had the pleasure to coach many players who have gone on to have spectacular college careers.

“I have developed life long friendships with many parents, players and Canyon administrators. I could not have done the job without my dedicated coaching staff.”

In his nine years at Canyon, Hay compiled an overall record of 190-74. The Comanches won two league championships, reached four CIF semifinals and was Division 1 runner-up in 2011.

“We’ve gotten the softball program to the level where we’re seeing huge success every year,” Canyon athletic director Mike Najera said of Hay. “We’re seeing more and more girls earn Division 1 scholarships. It’s really a program that’s doing well.

“When Dan mentioned he might step down because of everything he’s got going with other business ventures and wanting to spend more time with family, I understand you got to do what you got to do. We want to get some one in here that’s going to keep the tradition going because Dan has gotten it to that top level in Orange County.”

See archived 'Sports' stories »

Other Varsity coverage:
Inland Empire
Search Players

Water Polo:

Foothill 5, Newport Harbor 7 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed


Santa Ana 14, Rancho Christian 52 - 01:01 4th QT - Completed


Calabasas 35, Capistrano Valley 14 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed


St. John Bosco 21, Mater Dei 14 - 00:33 2nd QT - Completed


Edison 44, La Mirada 24 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed


Burbank 21, Yorba Linda 31 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed


El Modena 2, Orange Lutheran 2 - 45:00 2nd Half - Completed


Eisenhower 28, Mater Dei 93 - 02:00 4th QT - Completed


Santa Fe 65, Foothill 53 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed


Valencia/Valencia 35, San Clemente 41 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed