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Saturday, May 12, 2012 4:31 p.m.

Tsipis announces hire of an assistant coach

Shay Hayes. Photo courtesy of GW Athletics Communications.

Newly hired women’s basketball head coach Jonathan Tsipis continues to round out his staff, announcing the hire of East Carolina assistant coach Shay Hayes as a Colonial assistant today.

“Proud to announce Shay Hayes as an assistant coach for our GW Women’s basketball family. She is a great coach and even better person,” Tsipis tweeted.

Hayes spent the past two seasons on the sidelines for East Carolina, including this year, when the Pirates 12-19 went before falling in the quarterfinal of the 2012 Conference USA Women’s Basketball Championship to Tulane. For four seasons prior to her time at East Carolina, Hayes worked at Holly Springs High School in Holly Springs, N.C., and coached basketball at Farmville Central High School in Farmville, N.C., from 1995 to 2006.

At Holly Springs, Hayes served as the assistant athletic director, and was the head coach for multiple sports teams, including girls’ basketball. She worked to develop and implement an athletic program at the school, also serving as chair of the health department and as a physical education teacher.

At Farmville Central, Hayes was the assistant athletic director from 2005-06 and lead the girls’ basketball team to the North Carolina 2A state title in 2006 and regional titles in 2004 and 2005. She’s picked up numerous awards over her high school coaching career, including the Carolina (2A) Conference Coach-of-the-Year  award for the 2005-06 season and the North Carolina 2A Coach-of-the-Year in 2006.

Hayes attended East Carolina, where she was a standout player for the Pirates from 1994-98, earning four letters and leading the team in steals over the 1997-98 season, with 34. In 1997, Hayes and East Carolina reached the CAA tournament final, defeating Richmond and VCU en route to the title game.

Hayes is the second hire for Tsipis’ staff, following associate head coach Megan Duffy.