ORLANDO, Fla. – The Middle Tennessee men’s and women’s track & field and cross country Head Coach Dean Hayes received the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s (USTFCCCA) Jimmy Carnes Distinguished Service Award as announced at the organization’s convention Tuesday morning.
Hayes has been instrumental in building the Middle Tennessee men’s and women’s programs but also has contributed to the outgoing efforts to improve the sport that he has coached for 50-plus years. At Middle Tennessee, he has coached four national champions, won 30 conference Coach of the Year awards and won 47 conference championships, which include 29 Ohio Valley Conference and 18 Sun Belt Conference titles.
In 1982-83 he served as President of the USTFCCCA and in 1981 Hayes garnered NCAA Division I Track and Field Coaches Association Outdoor Coach of the Year honors.
Along with the Jimmy Carnes Service Award, Hayes has been inducted into the Blue Raider Hall of Fame (1982), Illinois Sports Hall of Fame (1993), Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame (1994), Mason-Dixon Athletic Club Hall of Fame (2005), USTFCCCA Hall of Fame (2008) and Lake Forest College Hall of Fame (2009), his alma-mater.
Outside of the collegiate coaching ranks he has helped in a plethora of Olympic Games, Goodwill Games, and World Championships. A few of his recent experiences include working the 1998 Goodwill Games in New York and being a referee at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta.
The USTFCCCA’s Jimmy Carnes Distinguished Service Award is presented to individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in their service to the Association and to the sports of Cross Country and Track and Field.