2004 Olympic 100m HH gold medalist Joanna Hayes was added to the USC coaching staff as an assistant track and field coach for sprints and hurdles, it was announced by Trojan Director of Track & Field Caryl Smith Gilbert on July 14.
"We are excited to add such a great teacher and accomplished athlete in Olympic champion Joanna Hayes to our staff," said Smith Gilbert. "She is an excellent recruiter, brings a spirit of competitiveness and I think she will be a great addition to what I believe is the best track and field staff in the country."
Hayes won a gold medal in the 100m hurdles at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, setting an Olympic record with a time of 12.37. She finished the 2004 season ranked No. 1 in the world and earned USA Track & Field's Jesse Owens Award that year. She was also a gold medalist in the 400m hurdles at the 2003 Pan American Games.
While a collegian at UCLA, Hayes captured the NCAA 400m Hurdles title as a senior in 1999 and won a total of seven Pac-10 titles in the hurdles and relays. She was a six-time All-American and helped lead UCLA to three consecutive Pac-10 team titles from 1997-99 and two consecutive runner-up finishes at the NCAA Outdoor Championships from 1998-99. Hayes has served as an assistant coach in the sprints and hurdles at UCLA the last three seasons, helping the Bruins earn several All-America honors in the hurdles and 4x100m relays.
Hayes, who graduated from UCLA in 2001 with a degree in Sociology, previously had been a track and field coach at Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles for six seasons and was a coach at the Brentwood Middle School in 2003.
She is active in the community and started the Joanna Hayes Foundation, which provides support for programs and services that work to develop the whole child with healthy minds, bodies and spirits.