PALATINE HILL -- Lewis & Clark interim head coach Emily Hayes has been elevated to head coach following an announcement on Friday by Director of Physical Education and Athletics Shana Levine. Hayes replaced Stacie Gordon last April following Gordon's resignation.
Hayes joined the Pioneers at the start of the 2017 season with a resume ripe in national-championship experience, both as a coach and a student-athlete. The upcoming 2018 season will be her seventh as a collegiate coach.
"I look forward to the opportunity and privilege to lead this special group of talented women," said Hayes. "Lewis & Clark is an amazing place to call home, and I feel so lucky to be a part of this community. I believe firmly in the leadership and growth of our returning student-athletes, and I am excited for our group of first years to make an impact on the program."
"Emily has demonstrated a true commitment to our Building Champions philosophy and I'm eager to see how our volleyball program will thrive through her leadership," said Levine. "She has demonstrated an immense investment in our student-athletes and campus community so far, and I believe her impact will be noticed in the years to come."
Prior to Lewis & Clark, 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.
"My top priority is to continue to build a culture that supports our women championing each other while holding true to maintaining excellence in the classroom, competition, character and community," said Hayes.
"I am grateful that Stacie brought me to Lewis & Clark and helped me grow significantly in my time here. I would like to thank Shana Levine for her unwavering leadership and support of our department as a whole. I want to thank my greatest mentor and role model Becky Schmidt from Hope College for leading and encouraging me in my passion for becoming a head coach for an amazing NCAA Division III institution."
A graduate of Hope College in Michigan, Hayes joined the coaching staff of the Flying Dutch the year after her last as a student-athlete. Following her two seasons on the staff, Hope won the 2014 NCAA Division III national title during Hayes' first year at Lourdes University in Ohio. In 2015, Hayes became a graduate assistant for St. Lawrence and had six student-athletes earn All-Liberty League recognition and nine chosen for conference all-academic honors. She also established core and weightlifting programs for the team.
Hayes is originally from Austin, Texas and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classical Studies with a Health Education minor from Hope and her Master of Education in Educational Leadership from St. Lawrence.