Hayden played high school baseball for Ray Moore at Freeman High School, where he was a 3yr captain for the Rebels. He started every game in his 4 years at either 2nd Base or Shortstop. Hayden was a two-time 1st Team All-Region 2nd baseman, in his Junior and Senior seasons. In his final season with the Rebels, the team won the Regional Championship for the first time in school history. He went on to play at Roanoke College as a middle infielder. He is also now an Assistant Varsity Coach at Collegiate School.