In the fall of 2017, Shaun Hayes completed his third season at the helm of the Maryville College football squad as the 29th head coach in the Fighting Scots’ storied 128-year collegiate football history. Coach Hayes finished his eighth overall season with the Scots in the fall of 2016, posting his second consecutive 8-2 record.
Hayes has led Maryville to a historic start to his career, as the two seasons mark the first time in school history that a Scots' football team has won back-to-back eight-win seasons or more. Hayes has had the best start for any football coach in the Scots' 120 years with his 16-4 record, surpassing Steve Fickert's start of 15-3 in 1978-79.
Those 16 wins in Hayes' first two campaigns also marks as a record for the Scots. Maryville has only accomplished 16 wins twice in school history along with 2016 season. The last time an Orange and Garnet clad team won 16 wins in two seasons was in 1946 and 1947 - just after World War II - when Maryville was under the direction of Wall of Fame Head Coach Lombe Honaker.
In 2016, Hayes led Maryville to its third USA South Athletic Conference crown, as the Scots finished as Co-Champions along with Huntingdon College. Hayes has now been a part of all three championships for the Scots. He led Maryville to a stellar 8-2 mark, while seeing numerous school records fall. Senior Quarterback Nick Myers and sophomore Running Back Elijah Chenier finish as the season record holders in passing and rushing yardage. The feat marks the first time both a quarterback and running back have broken those records in the same season.
Maryville also set a record in the 2016 season, as a total of 15 Scots were named the the USA South All-Conference list. They eclipse the previous best of 14, which came in both 2008 and 2015. They also saw a record 10 First Team honorees during the 2016 campaign.
Hayes led the Scots to a second place finish in the USA South Athletic Conference during his inaugural season in 2015. The Maryville alumnus became only the fourth coach in school history to begin his career with a 4-0 mark, while knocking off Division I East Tennessee State University and Emory & Henry College for the first time since 1999.
In 2017, MC posted at 5-5 record overall, with a trio of those losses coming by a touchdown or less. MC extended its winning streak to a pair of games over Emory & Henry with a 56-46 victory. That season, he led Elijah Hairston to a USA South Rookie of the Year mention, as Hairston became only the second Scot in school history to earn a Rookie of the Year mention.
During the 2017 Homecoming festivities, Hayes was honored by MC with the Kin Takahashi Award for Young Alumni. The award is given to an alumnus who has, within 15 years of his/her graduation from Maryville College, lived a life characteristic of College legend Kin Takahashi, who, in his 36 years of living, worked tirelessly for the betterment of his alma mater, his church and his society.
Hayes, a native of Rutledge, Tennessee, graduated from Maryville College with a degree in Business and Organizational Management in 2006.
During his early time as a Scots assistant, Hayes served as the running backs coach helping to develop MC's all-time leading rusher, Rommel Hightower, who ended his career with 3,243 rushing yards.
This former Scot standout on the gridiron moved to the defensive side of the ball in 2008. During the 2008 campaign, Shaun directed a secondary that hauled in twelve interceptions on the season. Three of his defensive backs ‑ Bud Christy, Nick Jensen and Dustin Locke ‑ gained All-USA South recognition.
In 2009 Coach Hayes was named the quarterback coach, recruiting coordinator and video coordinator. He developed MC's air attack to average over 210 yards a game. While in 2010, as the MC offensive coordinator, he developed freshman Dustin Williams to earn All-USA South honors after throwing for more than 1,600 yards and a dozen touchdowns, while connecting on over 54% of his passes. In 2011 his signal caller, Melvin Burston, earned USA South Freshman of the Year honors following a standout campaign. He produced three all-conference quarterbacks in his first three seasons as the Scots' quarterback coach and offensive coordinator.
In 2012, MC quarterbacks ‑ under Hayes development ‑ completed 53% of their passes for over 1,500 yards and 13 touchdowns.
The 2013 back-to back USA South Champions saw signal callers under his direction complete over 59% of their passes for over 2,000 yards and a dozen scores while throwing a league low five interceptions.
In 2014, former head coach Mike Rader promoted Coach Hayes to assistant head coach, co-offensive coordinator and director of player personnel. MC's offense paced the USA South in rushing yards per game (271.5), ranking 10th nationally, while tossing for 1,367 yards and combining for 42 offensive touchdowns on the season.
In Hayes' three seasons at the helm of Maryville College Football, the head coach has seen 38 USA South All-Conference honorees.
Shaun, his wife, Ashley, and his stepdaughter daughter, Sienna, reside in Maryville.
The Hayes Era:
Career: (3) 21-9 (.700)