Welcome Maya Hayes to Tonka United!
9.28.20 - Maya is joining us as an Age Group Coach working with our U9 – U13 teams. Maya is in her first year as assistant coach for the Gopher Soccer program, having assumed her current duties in July of 2020.
Hayes joined the U after spending the previous two seasons as a graduate assistant coach for the Auburn women's soccer program. During her Auburn tenure, the Tigers posted a combined 19-16-4 record, including an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2018 that highlighted a 12-win campaign.
Prior to her time with Auburn, Hayes played professionally in the National Women's Soccer League as a member of Sky Blue FC from 2014-18. Hayes was the sixth overall pick of the first round in the 2014 NWSL Draft after a historic career with the Penn State Nittany Lions.
From 2010-13, Hayes excelled on the field as a four-year starter for Penn State, earning All-America honors in 2011, 2012 and 2013. In both 2011 and 2012, Hayes was named the Big Ten Conference Player of the Year. 2011 proved to be especially historic for Hayes, as she set Penn State's all-time single season record with 70 points, while also scoring 31 goals (second all-time). Both marks paced the entire nation in 2011.
Over the course of 89 career games, she tallied 71 goals and 163 points, both of which rank third all-time at Penn State. In January of 2020, TopDrawerSoccer.com named Hayes to their Best XI of the 2010s. Hayes was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree from 2011-13.
We are excited to have Maya join Tonka United!