BALTIMORE (Nov. 15, 2012) — Former Rutgers men’s lacrosse head coach Tom Hayes, the winningest coach in program history, has been recognized by Lacrosse Magazine, the flagship publication of US Lacrosse, as its 2012 Person of the Year. Hayes, a National Hall of Famer, has served as the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) director of development.
The winner of 198 games as RU’s men’s lacrosse leader, Hayes began as an All-American midfielder at Penn State before beginning a coaching career that lasted more than 30 years at Drexel (1969-74) and “On the Banks” from 1975-2000. During the Hayes era, 55 All-Americans were selected from Rutgers, as well as 30 North-South All-Star game participants. He led the Scarlet Knights to the NCAA Championship tournament five times. In the midst of his outstanding career at Rutgers, he earned the sport’s highest honor with a 1990 induction into the National Hall of Fame.
During his time at Rutgers and beyond, Hayes has been influential in the worldwide growth of lacrosse, serving in various capacities with the FIL and its predecessor, the International Lacrosse Federation (ILF), since the ILF’s 1974 inception. He was instrumental in the sport’s admission into SportAccord, a prerequisite for Olympic status. SportAccord is an umbrella association of Olympic, non-Olympic and international sports federations, for which members must have 40 member nations to qualify. With Hayes’ help, the FIL has recently grown to 45 member nations.
US Lacrosse began Lacrosse Magazine’s Person of the Year award in 2007. Previous winners include former Rutgers standout and current Duke University men’s lacrosse coach John Danowski (2007), Northwestern University women’s lacrosse coach Kelly Amonte Hiller (2008), University of Denver men’s lacrosse coach Bill Tierney (2009), Long Island Lizards player Tim Goettelmann (2010) and University of Michigan men’s lacrosse coach John Paul (2011).
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