Hayden Carter
Hayden Carter


B.A., Cal State Bakersfield, 2015; M.A., Cal State Northridge, 2018, M.S., Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville

Hayden Carter is in his 7th year with Palomar Baseball as the Pitching Coach/Recruiting Coordinator. He has been a part of the Comet coaching staff since 2018, while also serving as the Volunteer Bullpen Coach for the Comets during the 2016 season. 

Previously, Carter was the Field Manager of the Kokomo Jackrabbits in the Northwoods League from 2019-21 and is currently the winningest manager in Jackrabbits history. He also served as the Pitching Coach for the Milwaukee Milkmen in the American Associated of Professional Baseball and helped lead the Milkmen to an American Association League Championship in 2020. 

From 2016-18, Carter served as a Graduate Assistant/Director of Baseball Operations at CSU-Northridge and was also the Pitching Coach for the Jamestown Jammers in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL). In 2018, Carter helped lead the Jammers to a PGCBL Championship as well as an appearance in the PGCBL Championship Series the year before in 2017. Carter also has experience coaching local travel baseball with the West Coast Bulldogs, West Coast Clippers and Canes-San Diego organizations.

Carter played collegiately at CSU-Bakersfield from 2012-15. He was named the 2015 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Pitcher of the Year and was the winning pitcher in CSUB’s first NCAA Division I Tournament victory with a complete-game over the University of Mississippi. He was a three-time Academic All-Conference selection and is the single-season record holder for complete games in a season with eight. 
An Oceanside native, Carter graduated from Vista High School in 2011.
He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from CSU-Bakersfield and earned his two Master’s Degrees in Recreation, Tourism and Hospitality Management from CSU-Northridge and Kinesiology from SIU-Edwardsville.