Ryan Hayes has been selected as the Purdue University Calumet Men’s Soccer coach, as announced by Director of Athletics Rick Costello Thursday.
“I am thrilled to welcome Ryan Hayes to Team Peregrine,” Costello said. “Ryan is an outstanding coach, teacher, and leader. His passion for soccer, strong recruiting connections in the Midwest and familiarity with the CCAC stood out in the interview process.
“I am excited to see Ryan continue the ascent of Purdue Calumet men’s soccer program.”
Hayes comes to Purdue Calumet via Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference member Roosevelt University, where he served as the Lakers’ top assistant for the last three seasons. While at Roosevelt, Hayes helped the Lakers – who reintroduced men’s soccer in 2012 – win 27 games in three years, including two CCAC playoff appearances and a fourth-place CCAC finish in 2014.
“It's an honor and privilege to be named the Head Coach for Men's Soccer at Purdue Calumet,” Hayes said. “I'm excited about the opportunity to lead the team and help it achieve success on the field and in the classroom. I'd like to thank Rick Costello and the athletic department for the opportunity and for welcoming me into the Purdue University Calumet family.”
Using a strong recruiting class from primarily the Chicagoland area, the Lakers’ high-powered offense ranked second in all of the NAIA in goals per game (3.95), shots on goal (11.4) and stood first nationally in total assists (79) and assists per game (4.16) by the close of the 2014 season.
In addition to his duties at Roosevelt, Hayes serves as the Executive Director and Director of Coaching at Raiders FC in Lemont, Ill., where he oversees 27 boys and girls club soccer teams levels U7 to U18 and manages the day-to-day operations of the organization.
Prior to his time at Roosevelt, Hayes served as a Technical Director, Soccer Coach and Speed and Agility Coach for the Willmette Wings Soccer Club in Willmette, Ill., as well as a Soccer Coach for Coerver Coaching Illinois.
Hayes achieved the top United States Soccer Federation “A” Coaching License in 2014.
A former player, Hayes played collegiate soccer in his native Australia, competing for the University of Wollongong in New South Wales. In addition, Hayes played semi-professionally for the Bulli Soccer Club of the Illawarra Premier League as well as the Viking Athletic Association of the Metropolitan Soccer League.
Hayes earned his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Wollongong with a double major in international business and Japanese.
He resides in Westmont, Ill., with his wife, Katie, and daughter, Zoe, 2.