Sunday, 26 September 2010

Sad news out of London

The CIS basketball community is in mourning after the loss to illness of former Western Mustangs Head Coach Doug Hayes.  Hayes was one of the most popular figures in CIS circles and understandably there is an outpouring of emotion, especially at Western and in London.  Hayes had been suffering from an affliction after sustaining what appeared to be an innocent head injury a few years ago while working at his summer cottage.  His condition had deteriorated in recent months.

Hayes was hired in 1969 as a lecturer in the Department of Physical Education at Western and was Professor Emeritus in the School of Kinesiology.  Hayes coached football and men's and women's basketball during his time at Western. He coached six Ontario Championship teams, eight League Champions and assisted in one CIAU Championship team.  He was named OUAA Coach of the Year in 1976.

Hayes was also coach of the men's provincial basketball team that won a silver medal at the Canada Games in 1993.

As an administrator at Western, Hayes was Men's Athletic Coordinator (1988-1997) and Acting Chairman, Intercollegiate Athletics (1995-96).

He is survived by his loving wife Lauretta and their three children.  Funeral arrangements are being made today; for further details follow

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