Marques Hayes has been named the East football coach, Dragons Athletic Director Ron Linger said.
Hayes, 30, was an assistant under previous East coach Damon Beasley the past two seasons serving as the defensive line coach in 2010 and the defensive coordinator in 2011.
“I think the kids have that work ethic where they want to start winning,” Hayes said. “I think Coach Beasley did a fine job communicating with the kids and trying to get them to win. I think the best thing about this right now is that we are grades 7-12 school here at East Community Learning Center. We are connected and we want to keep these kids from the middle school here to play ball at the high school level. We want to keep these kids in the building and our football program.”
Hayes, who is from Flint, Mich., played linebacker/defensive line at the University of Akron from 1999-2003. He has a Bachelor’s degree in business organizational communications and a Master’s degree in special education from UA.
“We are exited to have Marquis,” Linger said. “He is here in the building [as a special education teacher]. He has great rapport with our student athletes. He is young, energetic and he is a very positive role model for our kids. We are looking forward to him getting things rolling in a positive direction.
“It might take a few years. He is a young guy and I think he is a guy we can hang our hat on in the future. The kids like him and really respect him.”