Coaching Staff

Lauren Hayden | Assistant Coach

In Hayden's first year as an assistant coach, she helped the team to its second consecutive 20-plus-win season, an ODAC regular season championship, the program's first NCAA Tournament at-large bid, and first-ever NCAA Tournament win. She has been a significant piece in helping with game management and strategy, practice planning, recruiting, skill development, film breakdown, and much more.

Hayden joined the Hornet women’s basketball coaching staff in fall 2016 after an outstanding four-year career at the University of New England. She played a critical role for the Nor'easters, as a four-time all-Commonwealth Coast Conference selection. Hayden holds the program record for steals in a season and a career and was the three-time CCC Defensive Player of the Year. Hayden was a captain in her junior and senior campaigns as the Nor'easters won four consecutive conference championships and Division III NCAA appearances.
Off the court, Hayden excelled in the classroom, earning CoSIDA Academic All-District honors in 2015-16 and was recognized as the CCC’s Senior Scholar-Athlete. Hayden graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and minors in mathematics and art therapy. Her coaching experience includes stints at Christopher Newport University and Westfield High School in Chantilly, Va., as a camp counselor, as well as working with the Game Time Skills Program in Arlington, Va. Hayden attended the prestigious “So You Want to Be a Coach” Program at the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association National Convention in 2016.

Katie Crump | Assistant Coach

Katie Crump joins the Lynchburg women's basketball staff for the 2017-18 season after spending the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Berry College in Mount Berry, Ga.

A 2012 graduate of Lynchburg, Crump captained coach Abby Pyzik Smith's Hornets in the 2011-12 campaign, starting all 26 games and averaging 8.5 points per game in her senior season. While at Lynchburg, Crump was a two-time Academic All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference selection, a member of Lynchburg's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and a dean's list scholar.

After Lynchburg, Crump moved on to Salisbury University, where she served as a graduate assistant for the Sea Gulls' women's program. During the 2013-2014 season, the Sea Gulls posted one of the most successful seasons, going 18-9 overall and 12-4 in Capital Athletic Conference play while reaching the fourth spot in regional rankings. Crump also coordinated the annual Play4Kay game, recruiting visits and team meals. From there, Crump moved on to Washington College in Chestertown, Md., where she spent a season as an assistant for the Shorewomen. Crump’s primary responsibilities included recruiting, game film breakdown, opponent scouting and monitoring academic success.  She was also responsible for post player development as well and game management duties.

Crump moved onto Berry in 2015. Serving as the recruiting coordinator, Crump organized campus visits, summer and winter recruiting schedules and managed the teams’ social media pages. Crump also gained extensive experience in opponent scouting and film breakdown as well as player development.

Overall, Crump has coached 10 all-conference selections, two all-region selections, one rookie of the year and numerous conference honor roll honorees.

A native of Burke, Va., Crump holds a bachelor's degree in health promotion from Lynchburg and a master's in applied health physiology from Salisbury.