Hayes is a native of Providence, graduating from Providence Country Day School, where he lettered in football, basketball, and lacrosse. He attended Providence College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1989 and was a member of the varsity lacrosse team. After graduation, he completed a sports information internship at Brown University, then headed to the University of Connecticut for graduate school, earning a master’s degree in education (1992) with a concentration in sports management.
Hayes has more than 20 years of experience in university sports administration. He served at Fairfield, St. John’s, and Fordham universities before his appointment as associate director at the University of Connecticut in 2001. At Connecticut, he had responsibilities for fundraising, including annual giving, major gifts, and coordination of capital project campaigns. He also represented Connecticut’s Division of Athletics as a public speaker at donor, alumni and community events.
Hayes moved to his current position at Hofstra in 2004. In addition to full responsibility for managing staffing, budget, fundraising, and facilities, Hayes has focused on achieving and sustaining a higher level of academic and athletic achievement. Hofstra varsity teams have averaged greater than a 3.0 GPA during his tenure, with 10 academic all-American honors and 16 conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards. The teams have been competitive, with 21 Colonial Athletic Association championships and 35 post-season appearances, including 26 NCAA tournaments.
“I am thrilled with the opportunity to come to Brown,” Hayes said. “Brown’s tradition of academic and athletic excellence was the principal factor in my candidacy for the position. I look forward to returning to Providence and beginning my work with Brown’s coaches, staff, and student athletes.”