Tom Hayes Named Defensive Coordinator at Stanford University

Feb. 14, 2005

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Head football coach Walt Harris today named Tom Hayes as defensive coordinator and secondary coach. Hayes, a veteran coach of more than 30 years, has previously been defensive coordinator at UCLA, Oklahoma and Kansas and has coached the secondary throughout his career, which included a five-year stint with the Washington Redskins in the NFL.

'This is a great opportunity and a tremendous challenge and I am looking forward to working with Coach Harris, his staff and the Stanford football program,' said Hayes. 'After coaching in the Pac-10 at UCLA for nine years, I have an unbelievable respect for the Stanford athletic program. I'm excited to be part of the Stanford community.'

Hayes, a 1971 graduate of the University of Iowa, most recently coached at the University of Kansas in 2001. He was the defensive coordinator and secondary coach and was named the Interim Head Coach for the final three games of the season.

'We are very fortunate to have someone of Tom's caliber join our staff,' said Harris. 'He brings with him experience and knowledge of the 3-4 defense, which we are committed to here at Stanford, and a record of success. He is an outstanding coach and teacher and will be an invaluable addition to our staff.'

Prior to his one season at Kansas, Hayes spent five seasons (1995-99) as the secondary coach of the Washington Redskins. He coached NFL Pro Bowl players Darrell Green, Cris Dishman and Champ Bailey.

Hayes was the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Oklahoma for four years (1991-94) and the assistant head coach and secondary coach at Texas A&M for two seasons (1989-90).

Hayes spent nine years at UCLA (1980-88) working under Terry Donahue. He was the secondary coach in 1980 and '81, then the co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach from '82-'88. He helped the Bruins to eight bowl games, including three Rose Bowl victories, three Pacific-10 Conference championships and one Pac-10 co-championship.

Hayes' other stops have included Cal State Fullerton as defensive coordinator and secondary coach (1979) and Iowa as the secondary coach (1977-78). He coached on the high school level for five years and at Coe College (Iowa) for one year.

Overall, Hayes has coached on staffs that have a combined 10-3 record in post-season bowl games. He has coached 26 defensive backs who have been on NFL rosters.

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