The University of Maine at Farmington announced Monday that Jon Hayes has been hired as interim coach of the Beavers’ women’s lacrosse team.

Hayes has extensive coaching experience, including stints at UMaine-Farmington.

He grew up in Farmington and graduated from Mt. Blue High School in 1992. He then played football and basketball at Bates College before transferring to UMF, from which he graduated in 1997.

“It is so exciting to be back coaching at UMF,” Hayes said in a news release. “This women’s lacrosse team has really impressed me in the short time we have spent together. They are a close-knit group with a much higher level of skill than I anticipated. That is a wonderful starting point.”

While a student at UMF, Hayes began a coaching career that has spanned decades, included multiple sports and featured roles at the high school and college levels throughout the United States.

He was an assistant for the Mt. Blue boys lacrosse team, which won Maine’s Division 2 championship that season in 1995. After graduation, he became an assistant for the Hamilton College men’s lacrosse team. He also was the interim coach for the UMF men’s team in 2011, leading the Beavers to their first North Atlantic Conference victory and their most wins in a season.

He also spent several years as a college basketball coach, including stints as the lead assistant to Dick Meader at UMaine-Farmington. In 1999-2000, the Beavers were ranked nationally and finished with a 21-5 record.

In 2003, Hayes was an assistant for the men’s basketball team at the University of Maine at Orono. That season was the last time the Black Bears won 20 games, and the finished one win short of the NCAA Tournament.

Hayes then became the head coach at the University of New England from 2004-07, then moved to Spokane, Washington, to serve as an assistant with Whitworth University from 2007-10. He moved back to Maine in 2011, and has since spent time as an associate head coach at Thomas College and UMF.

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