Denison head women's soccer coach Gail Murphy has announced the hiring of Aimee Haywood as the new assistant women's soccer coach. Haywood comes to Denison from Ohio Dominican where she spent two years as an assistant after a four-year playing career with the Panthers.
During her time as an assistant coach at Ohio Dominican, Haywood earned her master of business administration with a leadership concentration. She also holds her national diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Since last spring she has also served as an adjunct professor of sport management at Ohio Dominican, teaching sport psychology.
"We are pleased to have Aimee Haywood join our program," said Murphy. "Aimee is a bright, hardworking, knowledgeable young coach. In my conversations with Aimee it was evident that she not only has the right skill set but also the right mindset for excellence. As a player she helped her Ohio Dominican team reach the NAIA national tournament. She knows what that type of success feels like and she understands what it takes to get there. As a graduate assistant coach at her alma mater Aimee immersed herself in all aspects of the program so she comes to us with valuable experience on the administrative side of coaching as well as with recruiting. Most importantly Aimee understands athletics in an educational setting such as Denison and her role in mentoring our student-athletes in a positive and professional manner."
Haywood was the head goalkeeping trainer with the Panthers while also serving as the team's head strength and conditioning coach. Haywood was immersed in all facets of the program including but not limited to recruiting, video analysis, opponent scouting, academic accountability, travel, and NCAA compliance.
In addition to her assistant coaching role at Ohio Dominican, Haywood has also served as the head coach of the Columbus Crew Juniors, an under-17 girls club team based out of Columbus, Ohio. She has also served as a staff trainer at GK1 Goalkeeping Academy since last fall.
As a player at Oho Dominican, Haywood started every game in goal over her final two seasons with the Panthers. As a senior in 2010 she was named to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference second-team after posting a 9-4-3 record and tying the school's all-time record for shutouts in a season with eight. Her 0.85 GAA ranked third in the GLIAC.
A native of New Albany, Ohio, she received her bachelor of science in sport management while graduating magna cum laude and being recognized as sport management Student of the Year.
Haywood resides in Blacklick, Ohio with her husband, Brandon. She will begin her position at Denison on August 1.