Pirates Will Welcome Former Letterwinners Jan. 8
Shay Hayes is in her second season as an assistant coach for the East Carolina women's basketball program
Hayes, a former standout player at ECU under head coach Anne Donovan, made her return to Greenville after coaching basketball at Farmville Central High School from 1998-2006 and Holly Springs High School the past four seasons.
While at Holly Springs, Hayes was instrumental in developing and implementing the athletic program for the new school, serving as assistant athletic director, Health Department chair and a health and physical education teacher. She also was the head coach for women's basketball, women's track and field, men's and women's cross country, and volleyball.
In her time at Farmville Central, Hayes was an assistant athletic director (2005-06) as well as a health and physical education teacher. She also worked for the East Carolina University Department of Recreation Services as a basketball official and instructor from 2001-06 and as a graduate assistant in Adaptive Recreation from 2001-02.
As the Jaguars' head women's basketball coach, Hayes led her team to the North Carolina 2A state title in 2006 and regional titles in 2004 and 2005. Farmville Central was also the regional runner-up in 2003. Additionally, Hayes led the volleyball team to a regional title and state championship game appearance in 2005.
From 1994-98, Hayes enjoyed a successful playing career at ECU, earning four letters and leading the team in steals with 34 during the 1997-98 campaign. She helped the Pirates reach the CAA Tournament final in 1997, defeating Richmond and VCU along the way. She received her bachelor's of science in exercise sports science from East Carolina in 1998 before staying in Greenville to complete requirements for a master of arts in athletic administration and Teacher's Certification "M" license in 2002.
Hayes has garnered a plethora of accolades during her coaching career, including Eastern Plains Conference Coach-of-the-Year (1998-99), the William N. Wasson Student Leadership and Academic Award (2001-02), Daily Reflector Pitt County Coach-of-the-Year (2003-06), Carolina (1A) Conference Coach-of-the-Year (2003-05), Carolina (2A) Conference Coach-of-the-Year (2005-06) and North Carolina 2A Coach-of-the-Year (2006).
Hayes is a member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and the North Carolina Coaches Association.