Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz appointed Jack Hayes the University’’s eighth director of athletics on October 4, 2004. Hayes came to Hofstra after serving the past three years as an associate director of athletics at the University of Connecticut. Having been in the athletic administration field for more than 14 years, he has also worked at Fairfield University, St. John’s University and Fordham University. Hofstra Director of Athletic Publications Len Skoros recently sat down with Hayes to discuss his appointment, his view of the Hofstra Athletics program and the goals he has for the department.
Hofstra Director of Athletics Jack Hayes
Q: What attracted you to the position at Hofstra?
Jack Hayes: Hofstra is academically well respected and has a history of athletic success. This combination was very important to me. The academic profile of the institution continues to soar, and the reputation of the Law School is outstanding. Athletically, I was well aware of the success of football, wrestling and lacrosse, as well as the back-to-back NCAA appearances by the men’s basketball team. Being from the same hometown (East Greenwich, RI) as former softball star Meaghan Almon ’04, I was also very familiar with the accomplishments of the softball program.
Q: How did your previous experiences prepare you for the job?
JH: I would hope that all of my previous experiences will prove to be helpful. Clearly, having worked at St. John’s and Fordham gave me an opportunity to experience New York, and having the opportunity to serve at the University of Connecticut was tremendous. I apply a great deal of what I Iearned at Connecticut to the situations I now face.
Q: What is your philosophy toward intercollegiate athletics?
JH: I believe that everything we do sends a message – from the academic and athletic accomplishments of our teams, to how our student-athletes conduct themselves on the road, to the manner in which we administer athletic events, to the written materials we publish. The message we want to send every time is that Hofstra Athletics is committed to doing things the right way. We want our programs to win, and we want to do so in a way that excites the University community and makes everyone proud.
Q: What do you see as the strengths of Hofstra’s Athletics Department?
JH: There is an infrastructure in place to succeed in athletics. It includes tremendous support from President Rabinowitz, a campus community that emphasizes and recognizes academic excellence and athletic achievement, coaches and athletics staff members that are committed to winning, and alumni that are loyal and enthusiastic.
Q: What are your goals for the Athletics Department?
JH: Ultimately, I want the young men and women who participate in athletics and represent Hofstra University to have an outstanding experience. Our responsibility is to provide our student-athletes and coaches with the resources to be successful. In order to accomplish this, our athletics program must comprise student-athletes and staff who represent the University in a first-class way, make the right choices and decisions, and strive for excellence. In doing that, academic excellence will always be our first priority. We will, however, take great satisfaction in winning championships and succeeding on the fields of play.