Emily Hayes joined the Lewis & Clark coaching staff prior to the 2017 season and was named head coach in June 2018.
In her first season with the Pioneers, Lewis & Clark reached its highest winning percentage (.565) since the 2008 season with its most wins (13) since 2011. The Pioneers started the season 7-0 and won the Washington and Lee Inivitational pre-season tournament by defeating DeSales, Washington and Lee and Southern Viriginia, all teams that ranked among the top 150 in NCAA Division III win-loss percentage of 425 teams by the end of the 2018 season. DeSales and Washington and Lee were both 20-game winners in 2018. Senior Kortney Meyer was selected All-Northwest Conference First Team, the Pios' first All-NWC First-Team pick since 2015, after ranking second in the conference in kills per set, setting a new career-high with 286 kills and finishing among the nation's top 100 in points per set.
Prior to joining the Pios as an assistant coach before the 2017 season, Hayes compiled national-championship level experience. 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.
Throughout her six years as a collegiate coach, Hayes was part of coaching staffs that mentored eight All-Americans, 12 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 weightlifting 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.