Hudson Valley Community College Appoints Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach

CONTACT: R. Sean Coffey, (518) 629-7898,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, July, 30, 2009

Hudson Valley Community College men’s lacrosse assistant coach, Joe Hayes, has been named the new head coach of the Vikings’ lacrosse program.

Hayes brings a wealth of college and international coaching experience to the position. Prior to his successful tenure as an assistant at Hudson Valley, Hayes was an assistant at other local institutions including Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute and a five-year stint at Siena College. Hayes also spent a season in Australia teaching and coaching the game to high school-aged players.

“I would first like to thank the administration and Hudson Valley Community College for this opportunity. Also, I would like to thank former head coach Roger Manion for all his guidance and dedication to the Hudson Valley lacrosse program,” Hayes remarked. “I am very excited to begin my head coaching career at the same school I attended and began my collegiate lacrosse career. Hudson Valley is one of the top academic junior colleges in the country and has become a nationally recognized competitor in junior college lacrosse. I look forward to the challenges of bringing a National Championship to the institution in the near future.”

Hayes, who resides in Saratoga Springs, has dual-Associate Degrees from Hudson Valley in Criminal Justice and Physical Education.

A former Viking, Hayes played two seasons at Hudson Valley after having a successful high school career at Shenendehowa High School. Upon graduation, he accepted an athletic scholarship to NCAA Division II Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina.

Director of Athletics Kristan Pelletier states, "It is an honor to appoint an alum and former student-athlete at Hudson Valley Community College as our head men's lacrosse coach. Joe has been dedicated to our lacrosse program as an assistant coach for the past three years, and is well prepared to take over the program."