PALATINE HILL -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers have added Emily Hayes to the volleyball coaching staff, head coach Stacie Matz-Gordon announced late last week.
Hayes brings national-championship level experience to the Pioneers. She is a former collegiate volleyball student-athlete at Hope College in Holland, Mich., which won the 2014 NCAA Division III national title the year after Hayes ended a two-year stint as an assistant coach. She had joined the Flying Dutch coaching staff after her time as a setter for the team was over. Since then, she has held two additional assistant coaching roles. Hayes was an assistant men's and women's coach at Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio in 2014 before joining the staff at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. in 2015 as a graduate assistant.
"We couldn't be more excited that Emily is joining the staff," said head coach Stacie Matz-Gordon, who starts her fifth year leading the program when the Pios begin play this fall. "Between her experience and knowledge in the game, her ability to be a strong role model for our student-athletes and her work ethic, we think she will be a perfect addition to the Pioneers."
"I'm super excited to join a high-caliber Division III program that embodies the philosophies and values that I aspire to contribute to," said Hayes. "Through the interview process, I loved discussing the program with Stacie and believe we will be able to complement each other and the vision she has in place."
Lewis & Clark is expected to have a third-year class that features All-Northwest Conference selection Julia Somers, Emma Contreras, Casey Myszkowski and Kortney Meyer in the front row and setters Mikayla Lopez and Sam Yorke. Along with senior Bailee Cragun and sophomore Victoria Hernandez, eight returners played in 20 or more matches last season.
"The team has a tremendously strong bond, and the college as a whole offers unique opportunities for our team's growth as young women and student-athletes. I am proud to be a Pio," said Hayes.
Throughout her five years as a collegiate coach, Hayes was part of coaching staffs that mentored eight All-Americans, eleven All-Conference recipients and several Academic All-Conference award winners. In addition, she was part of a team that won an NCAA Elite 89 award, which recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers.
While at St. Lawrence, Hayes had six student-athletes earn All-Liberty League recognition and nine chosen for conference all-academic honors. She also established core and weight lifting programs for the team.
In addition to her collegiate coaching experience, Hayes has six years of club coaching experience with the Lakeshore Region High Performance staff in Grand Rapids, Mich. and the Impact Dynamic Volleyball Club in Grandville, Mich.
A native of Austin, Texas, Hayes held 3.50 or high grade-point average as she completed both her Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies and a Health Education minor at Hope College and her Master of Education in Educational Leadership from St. Lawrence University.