Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz today announced that Jack Hayes has been appointed as the University's new athletic director. Hayes, the current Associate Director of Athletics at the University of Connecticut, will replace Harry Royle, who will be heading the University's newly energized athletic fundraising effort as the Executive Director of Athletic Development and Endowment, on Tuesday, October 26, 2004.
Hayes, who will be
Hayes' proven expertise in enhancing academic and athletic success of students-athletes, strategic planning, fundraising, marketing, university relations, facility enhancement, budgetary management, and NCAA compliance will complement Hofstra University's athletic department in its quest to further enhance its athletic program, and assist Hofstra's student athletes both on and off the field.
?œWe are pleased that the national search we have conducted for our new Athletic Director has resulted in the appointment of someone of Jack Hayes' caliber,?ť said President Rabinowitz. ?œAt Hofstra University, student-athletes strive for excellence both on and off the field, and Jack's broad experience in athletic administration and as a former student-athlete will help Hofstra's Athletic Department continue its development as a national program which recognizes that student-athletes are students first.?ť
Hayes comes to
From 1998?“2001 Hayes served as Director of Athletic Administration at Fordham University, where he was responsible for the comprehensive internal operations of the Athletic Department, including fiscal management, facility management, staff training and development, ticket operations, and NCAA compliance initiatives.
Prior to his tenure at Fordham, Hayes served for two years as Assistant Director of Athletics at
Hayes received his Master's Degree in Education in 1992 with a concentration in Sport Management from the
A native of
?œI want to be part of an institution that is well-respected academically and has a history of athletic success,?ť said Hayes. ?œAt
?œJack will be an outstanding representative of
?œJack Hayes is a superb choice for Hofstra,?ť said Mike Tranghese, Commissioner of the Big East. ?œHe is a tremendous administrator and will bring passion, great organizational skills and a strong work ethic to the role. His previous experience at such a highly successful program (
?œHofstra has just hired a great young administrator coming from a top notch program - the
here. The Athletic Directors and I welcome Jack to the Colonial and we look forward to helping him build the Hofstra program to even greater heights.?ť
According to Lew Perkins, Athletic Director at the
?œJack Hayes is one of the top young administrators in this profession and Hofstra has made a wonderful decision in hiring him. He brings a wealth of experience to the job and the people of Hofstra will soon see what a great decision they have made,?ť said Gene DeFilippo, Director of Athletics at
"Hofstra made a great hire in Jack Hayes-there is no question," stated Providence College Athletic Director Bob Driscoll. "The recent success at the University of Connecticut had a lot to do with the good work Jack has done behind the scenes. As a Providence College Friar we are extremely proud that Jack will be leading Hofstra's athletic program."
"I have known Jack for 13 years. He has been an important part of the success at UConn. His energy, enthusiasm and experience will be an asset to Hofstra," said Jim Calhoun, men's basketball coach at UConn.
?œIn my 16 years of coaching college football, Jack is one of the best administrators I have ever worked with,?ť said Dave Clawson, head football Coach at the
?œJack Hayes is a rising star in athletic administration,?ť said Frank McLaughlin, Athletic Director at
?œJack Hayes believes Hofstra can and will compete at the highest level of athletic excellence, both on and off the field. He takes over as AD having been mentored by several of the best in the country. He is a winner and will bring enthusiasm, energy and a work ethic that will excite Hofstra Pride throughout the country,?ť said Robert Beaudine, president of Eastman and Beaudine.
"As a graduate and former student-athlete at Hofstra, I could not be happier for the University and for Jack and his family,?ť said Jim Fiore, Director of Athletics at
- Under Hayes' leadership, the
's fundraising organization increased by 32% over a three-year period (5,200 in 2001 to 6,900 in 2004). Universityof Connecticut
Private contributions to the UConn Division of Athletics increased by 35% during the same timeframe ($10.2M in 2001 to $13.8M in 2004).
- Under Hayes' direction, the Athletic Department developed ticket sales strategies and seating policies for UConn's 2003 football campaign- the inaugural season at Rentschler Field-that resulted in a record for season ticket sales. Average attendance of 37,059 was 93% of stadium capacity.
- Hayes participated in over 25 NCAA Division I Post-Season Tournaments, serving in various administrative roles.
- Hayes coordinated all fundraising events and ticketing operations for the
at the 2002, 2003 and 2004 Women's Basketball NCAA Final Four championships and the 2004 Men's Basketball NCAA Final Four championship. Universityof Connecticut
- Hayes served as member of the NCAA Certification steering committee at both
and Fairfield University . Each certification process resulted in the University being fully certified in each of the NCAA-established principles. Fordham University
- Hayes worked directly with Fordham University head football coach on improving all aspects of the football program; over four?“year period, the program improved from 0-11 to 10-3, advancing to the quarterfinals of the NCAA 1-AA playoffs and finishing the season ranked 12th nationally.
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