The Wilson College athletic department is pleased to name Joanna Hayes as the first head coach of both the women’s and men’s cross country programs. She will immediately prepare for both programs’ debut in the NCAA Division III and the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) beginning in the Fall 2013.
Before taking the helm at Wilson, Hayes spent two years at Gettysburg College as the assistant track and field coach. Serving as the team’s jumps coach, Hayes helped coach several standout athletes for the Bullets.
From 2009 to 2011, Hayes spent two seasons at Dickinson College, serving as an assistant for the cross country and track and field programs. In the 2009-10 season, she helped coach the men’s program to conference titles in cross country, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field. That season Dickinson men’s cross country team also finished fifth at the NCAA Division III Championships. During her time at Dickinson, she also helped coach the 2011 NCAA Division III champion in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, and the 2010 NCAA runner-up in the steeplechase and 5,000-meter run.
Hayes graduated from Kutztown University in 2009 as a three-time Academic All-American with a degree in leisure and sports studies. Hayes was a standout distance runner for the Golden Bears making four NCAA Division II cross country championship appearances. She was also a four time all-conference and all-region selection during her time as a student-athlete. On the track, Hayes helped set several outdoor program records, including the distance medley relay, the 4x800-meter relay, the mile, and the 1,000-meter run.