Ron Hayes has coached football at the high school level since 2005. In that time he has served as a varsity assistant, linebackers coach, running backs coach, line coach, special teams coach, assistant defensive coordinator, and head Junior Varsity coach.


Coach Hayes’s playing career began in seventh grade at Fort LeBoeuf, where, after his junior year he was named the team’s Most Valuable Player, having set the unofficial record for tackles at 105. As a senior he was named as one of the Co-Captains. After leading Fort LeBoeuf to its first Erie County League title in 18 years and the school’s first-ever District 10 playoff appearance, Coach Hayes was selected as a first team All-County linebacker, achieving a lifelong dream of playing in the Lions’ Club annual Save-An-Eye Game. He capped his high school career with a game-sealing interception in the 1987 Save-An-Eye Game, preserving a 21-10 victory for the County.


Recruited by schools as far away as Coalinga, California, Coach Hayes selected Saint Francis College in Loretto, PA as the place to continue his playing career, but a family emergency culminating in the death of his father in 1988 interrupted those plans. In 1995 Coach Hayes returned to college and earned a degree in English Literature, the first step on a winding path that eventually led him to East High School where he has taught and coached since 2004.