George Mason (1988)
In his 14th year at the helm of the Oral Roberts University men's soccer program, head coach Steve Hayes continues to build The Golden Eagles into a conference championship contender. In 13 seasons, Hayes is 95-113-22 (.414).
The Golden Eagles have won three regular season conference championships and advanced to the NCAA Tournament once under Hayes.
2010 may have been one of his best coaching jobs in his long tenure, taking his fourth-place team that finished 5-7-6 all the way to the conference championship game, where they just fell short of another NCAA tournament berth, losing to Oakland 2-0.
In 2009, the Golden Eagles finished the season 7-8-3, missing the conference tournament for just the second time in eight years. Newcomers Sterling Copeland and Kalen Ryden earned Summit League All-Newcomer team honors, while Sterling Copeland was named to the all-conference second team.
in 2008, the Golden Eagles went 6-9-2 overall and narrowly missed the Summit League Championship with a 2-3-1 record. Five Golden Eagles earned all-conference honors, marking the second-most selections in the league. Carlos Pinto was named a first-team selection, while Juan Chang and Jordan Tatum earned second-team honors. Taylor Cluff and Irving Peralta were selected to the all-newcomer team.
The high point of the season came when ORU posted a 1-0 overtime upset of No. 30 Oakland at the ORU Soccer Complex. Senior Jordan Tatum fired the winning goal as time expired in the first overtime period to lift the Golden Eagles to victory.
In 2007, the Golden Eagles finished with a 3-3 Summit League record and made their fifth consecutive conference tournament appearance under Hayes. The Golden Eagles had seven All-Summit League selections to tie for first in the conference. Brian Beckford, Juan Chang and Miguel Peralta were all named to the first team, while Gary Duran and Andrew Techanchuk received second -team honors. Techanchuk and Vince Tizzone were also named to the all-newcomer team.
In 2006, Hayes led the Golden Eagles to a third place finish in Mid-Continent Conference play. With an influx of nine newcomers and injuries to key players throughout the year, Hayes brought together the troops resulting in a 3-3 league mark, earning a birth into the conference tournament. ORU could not advance to the championship game though as the Golden Eagles ended their season as UMKC advanced in a shootout victory.
As the Mid-Continent Conference Coach of the Year, Hayes led the Golden Eagles back into the post-season in 2004, thanks in large part to the play of Mid-Con Offensive Player of Year Dave Leung and stand-out freshman goalkeeper Tony Quartuccio. The Golden Eagles ended the regular-season on a six-game unbeaten streak to capture the regular season conference championship outright.
Hayes accepted the head coach position in 1998 after a successful four-year campaign as the women's soccer coach. He led that program to winning seasons in 1996 (10-6-1) and 1997 (11-7).
Hayes was familiar with the Golden Eagle men's program before accepting the head coaching position in 1998. From 1992-94, Hayes served as an assistant coach for the men's soccer team under former head coach Doug Techanchuk, who led the men's team to seven successful seasons.
Hayes came to ORU after successful seasons with the Tulsa Ambush of the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) and the Washington Stars of the American Professional Soccer League (APSL). Hayes' extensive soccer resume also includes being named 1986 Oklahoma Player of the Year and the first Oklahoma resident to play for the U.S. National team. In addition, Hayes also served as an Oklahoma Olympic Development Staff Coach.
A local product, Hayes graduated from Tulsa's Memorial High before playing collegiate at nationally ranked George Mason University. At GMU, Hayes excelled as a four-year starter for the Patriots. His honors include being a three-time participant in the NCAA Tournament and a two-time All-Colonial Athletic Association selection. Hayes also enjoyed a position as an alternate for the U.S. Youth World Cup team. Other honors include, being named a member of the Umbro U.S. Select Team in Europe, a four-year member on the Region III Team as well as a member of the Oklahoma Development Team.
Hayes earned a bachelor's degree in business management in 1988 from George Mason and is married to the former Amy Hooks. Hayes and his wife are the proud parents of two sons, Matthew (9) and Nathan (7), and a daughter, Anna (4).