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Jumping into the Lions' den

Hayes leaving St. James to start over at Broadfording

Hayes leaving St. James to start over at Broadfording

January 18, 2004|by MARK KELLER

keller@herald-mail.com

Daryl Hayes is stepping down from one challenge and throwing himself right into the next.

Hayes resigned from his positions as football and wrestling coach at St. James School and is spearheading a fundraising effort to start football and wrestling programs at Broadfording Christian Academy.

Hayes said the combination of a change in direction at St. James and the challenge of starting anew elsewhere proved too appetizing to resist.

"(St. James) has taken a new direction (athletically) the last two years and that's been hard," Hayes said. "The infrastructure exists to be above average in several sports, but the school is content that every team has a losing record except the wrestling team."

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St. James athletic director Paul Salit said in a press release that Hayes' resignation will become effective in June. Hayes said he will complete this season as the Saints' wrestling coach.

Salit said he has been asked several times if the St. James football program is going to fold, but says there are no plans to disband the team.

"We haven't sold the pads yet," Salit said. "We have more kids playing now than we have here in a long time and we've gotten some good inquiries about the coaching position. We should have someone in the next couple weeks."

Hayes led the Saints football team to a 16-17 record in his four years and recently notched his 100th dual meet win in his 11th season as the Saints' wrestling coach.

He said "several thousand" dollars already have been raised and another $10,000-$15,000 is expected by July in the effort to start the two programs at Broadfording.

"The best-case scenario is that we field a (football) team in 2004, worst-case we start in 2005," Hayes said. "The thing you don't want to do is do it half-speed. You want to have a first-class field, first-class helmets, first-class pads."

Broadfording principal Bill Wyand said the school is still in the exploratory stages with the football and wrestling programs.

"We had some minimal discussions a few years back and we're at the point now that we've had some folks ask about it," Wyand said. "I'm trying to look at all sides of the issue right now and get through any hurdles that come in the way.

"We want to try to keep our sports teams self-supporting, so we would need to add in a way that would allow the other sports to still operate properly."

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