"I've known John for eight years and he is an incredibly hard worker," Baker said of Hayburn. "His work ethic has always impressed me. He was born and raised in Philadelphia and he is sincere when referring to this as a dream job. He is 100-percent dedicated to rowing. It's a passion in his life and it has shown throughout his career."
"Penn has a great history and they compete against the best schools in the country," Hayburn said. "I'm very excited. It is one of the premier Ivy institutions and I'm thrilled to be a part of it. I love the ties that Penn rowing has to the city and the community. Growing up in Philadelphia, I've seen that first hand."
Hayburn comes to Penn with experience in all facets of rowing. As an athlete, he was a national champion in several lightweight events. He won the lightweight quad national championship in 2000, and won both the lighweight quad and double titles in 2001. Hayburn was also victorious at the Canadian Henley, as the 2000 lightweight quad champion. He was the runner-up at the Canadian Henley in the double the following year as well as in the quad in 2003. At the world trials in 2001, Hayburn finished third in the lightweight quad.
Most recently, Hayburn served as the assistant coach of Malvern Prep High School in 2009. Prior to that, he was an assistant coach with Temple women's rowing program for three seasons. He helped guide the Owls when they won the Mayor's Cup in 2008.
Hayburn has also spent time as a head coach on boathouse row. He has served as the head rowing coach for the Malta Boat Club since 2005. While at Malta, he coached several athletes to spots on the U.S. National team, including the 2009 Men's U23 Lightweight 4x and Senior Men's Lightweight 4x.
Hayburn graduated from La Salle University with a bachelor's in 1998 and then earned his Masters of Science of Instruction from Drexel University in 2003. He is also currently pursuing a Masters at Temple.