Stadium to be named for Dean Hayes
Middle Tennessee State University has announced that the school's track and soccer stadium will be named for legendary track coach Dean Hayes as approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents.
The Dean A. Hayes Track and Soccer Stadium will be officially dedicated at a later date this spring.
Hayes, who was the President of the NCAA Division I Track and Field Coaches from 1981-1983, served on U.S. international team staffs at the 1985 World University Games and 1988 Olympic Games. He served as Team USA head coach at the 1990 Goodwill Games, 1994 World Cup and at the 1997 World Outdoor Championships in Athens, Greece. Hayes is a former chairman of USA Track & Field's men's track & field committee.
In a career that has spanned nearly 50 years of coaching, Hayes has been inducted into five Halls of Fame during his brilliant career. He was inducted into the Blue Raider Hall of Fame in 1982, the Illinois Sports Hall of Fame in 1993, the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 1994, the Mason-Dixon Athletic Club Hall of Fame in 2005, and recently the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
One of Hayes' greatest achievements was his role in integrating Middle Tennessee State University. Hayes signed the first black varsity student-athlete to a scholarship in the fall of 1965 when Jerry Singleton joined the track program.
Forty-eight of his athletes have earned 82 All-American honors, four have become national champions, and a number of them have gone on to compete internationally in the Olympic Games, World University Games and Pan-American Games. There could have been more awards, but Middle Tennessee did not sport a track program from 1987-90. Some of his more notable athletes were NCAA Champions Tommy Haynes (1974), Barry McClure (1972, '73), Dionne Rose (1994), and most recently Mardy Scales (2003). Hayes also guided Roland McGhee to nine All-American honors, and both McClure and Greg Artis won All-American honors seven times.
"We are fortunate to have someone as loyal and dedicated to this University as Dean Hayes has been for nearly 45 years," said President Sidney McPhee. "His track record speaks for itself but when you consider his overall body of work it vividly demonstrates the impact he has made on his sport, not only at Middle Tennessee, but nationally and abroad."
"I have seen so many changes at this University since 1965 that I look back in amazement every day," said Hayes. "When I arrived we had 5,500 students and today we have 24,000, along with the addition of so many majors. I truly appreciate the opportunity that the University has provided the track program over the years."
Hayes, whose career began in 1959, has become a staple in the Murfreesboro community and in the Blue Raider family as he is currently in his 44th year of service at the University.
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