Immaculate’s Brian Hayes was recently named the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association’s Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year for Connecticut.
The award is given annually by the USTFCCCA to a boys and girls coach from each state. Hayes is also a candidate for the National Coach of the Year award.
“This award is a great honor because it comes solely from the accomplishments of our team,” said Hayes, a Danbury police officer for 21 years, in a press release. “This season would not have been possible if the amazing girls I coach at Immaculate High School had decided anywhere along the way that they were satisfied with their accomplishments so far.”
Immaculate won the SWC and Class SS titles before finishing second at the State Open by a single point. The Mustangs finished third out of 30 squads at Englands, the top spot for any team from Connecticut.
“Winning the SWC Championship and the Class SS State Championship, plus being the runner-up at State Opens were not enough,” said Hayes. “They made it a point to finish up on top and to stand atop the podium at the Manchester, New Hampshire New England Meet to receive the 3rd place plaque; this was even higher than the top five position we all had set as a goal. They solidified their place as the greatest team in the history of Immaculate High School cross country.”
Hayes also coached the boys team to a Class SS state title, the first in program history. Hayes began coaching at the school in 2004.