DANBURY—Immaculate High School Coach Brian Hayes was recently named the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association’s Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year for Connecticut. The award is given annually by the United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) to a boys team coach and a girls team coach team from each State. Coach Hayes is also a candidate for the National Coach of the Year award.
A Danbury police officer for 21 years, Hayes believes that he was selected in a “close contest between some great coaches” but it was the performance of his teams that brought him to the top of the list.
“This award is a great honor because it comes solely from the accomplishments of our team. This season would not have been possible if the amazing girls I coach at Immaculate High School had decided anywhere along the way that they were satisfied with their accomplishments so far,” said Coach Hayes. “Winning the SWC Championship and the Class SS State Championship, plus being the runner-up at State Opens were not enough—they made it a point to finish up on top and to stand atop the podium at the Manchester, New Hampshire New England Meet to receive the 3rd place plaque; this was even higher than the top five position we all had set as a goal. They solidified their place as the greatest team in the history of Immaculate High School cross country,” he added. There are 491 teams in New England, and this race crowned Immaculate as the #3 team, one of only 30 teams total and six from Connecticut that made it to the final race. Additionally, the boys cross country team he also coaches at Immaculate won their first Class SS championship this year.
Since Hayes started coaching at Immaculate in 2004, he has led the Immaculate Cross Country and Track runners to the following victories:
Girls Cross Country: SWC Champions in 2011, 2013 and 2018 (runner-ups 2012, 2016 and 2017); Class S Champions in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017; Class SS Champions in 2016 and 2018 (runner-ups 2010 and 2011)
Boys Cross Country: Class SS Champs in 2018 (runner-ups 2017)
Girls Indoor Track: SWC Champs in 2012 (runner-ups 2014), Class S Champions in 2017 (runner-ups in 2018)
Boys Indoor Track: SWC Champs in 2016, Class S Champs in 2016
Girls Outdoor Track: Class S runner-ups in 2017 and 2018
Immaculate High School is a private, non-profit Catholic college-preparatory institution serving students from 28 communities in Connecticut and New York. Founded in 1962, Immaculate High School allows students to focus on academic excellence, spiritual development, personal commitments and service to others. Located in Danbury, Conn., Immaculate High School is part of the Diocese of Bridgeport’s parochial school system.