Jack Hayes was named the Director of Athletics at Brown on April 5, 2012 after an eight-year tenure as Athletic Director at Hofstra.
Hayes, the 17th director of athletics at Brown, leads a department that includes 38 Division I teams, 150 coaches and administrative staff and more than 900 student-athletes. Hayes introduced women’s rugby as Brown’s 38th sport in the spring of 2014, giving Brown the second largest intercollegiate athletic program in the nation.
The Department of Athletics also supports an extensive club sport, intramural and fitness program, manages the University’s athletic facilities, and promotes a wide-ranging community service effort.
Hayes has brought additional postseason championship events to the Brown campus, hosting the 2014 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Men’s Basketball Tournament and the 2014 USAG Gymnastics Championship. He has also continued the popular football night games at Brown Stadium, hosting two night games in 2013.
In 2014, the Brown women’s crew placed third at the NCAA Championship after capturing the Ivy League Team Championship. Men’s crew placed second at the IRA National Championship in 2014 and was successful at the Royal Henley Regatta in England.
One of Hayes’ first tasks was the development of a Strategic Plan for Athletics to assure the future success of its athletic programs. The strategic report focused on all aspects of the department of intercollegiate athletics including competitive excellence, financial sustainability and facility enhancements.
Building and maintaining Brown’s Athletic facilities has also been a major focus for Hayes. Most recently, Hayes spearheaded the Pizzitola Sports Center Locker Room expansion, adding new locker rooms for men’s and women’s lacrosse, and expanding the athletic training room to allow for state-of-the-art medical rehabilitation equipment.
Since arriving at Brown, Hayes has made a major commitment to the Rhode Island community. He established a relationship with the Rhode Island Interscholastic League to bring many of its championship events to the Brown campus. He also worked with the City of Providence to secure bids for the 2015 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Regional and the 2016 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Quarterfinals.
He has recognized native Rhode Island Sports Legends as well as members of the local military, police and firefighter units at Brown Athletic events. Additionally, Heather Abbott, a Rhode Island native and survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing, was honored at a Brown Athletic contest.
A native of Providence, Hayes graduated from Providence Country Day School, where he lettered in football, basketball, and lacrosse. A 1989 graduate of Providence College, he was a three-year starter as a long stick midfielder on the Friars lacrosse team. He earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Connecticut in 1992.
Hayes held positions at Fairfield, St. John’s, and Fordham universities before serving as associate director at the University of Connecticut from 2001-2004.
Hayes was the Director of Athletics at Hofstra from 2004-2012. During his tenure, Hofstra earned 10 academic all-American honors and 16 conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards. Its teams captured 21 Colonial Athletic Association championships and made 35 post-season appearances, including 26 NCAA tournaments.
Hayes resides in his hometown of East Greenwich, Rhode Island, with his wife, Bridget, daughter Katie and sons Matt, Tommy and Michael.