St. Viator's Hayes headed to Glenbrook North
After directing his alma mater for the past six years, St. Viator boys basketball coach Quin Hayes has accepted a new challenge both on the court and in the classroom.
Hayes has been named the head boys basketball coach at Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook where he will be a physical education teacher after serving as an English teacher the past five years at St. Viator.
Hayes was also an all-area guard at Viator, averaging 25 points per game as a senior in the 1994-95 season before competing for Division-I Monmouth University and then professionally in France.
"Obviously, St. Viator is always going to be a special place to me," said Hayes, who won four regionals at the Arlington Heights school. "That's where I started as a coach.
"I was looking for a new challenge and I was afforded an opportunity through Glenbrook North and coach (John) Catalano (athletic director) so I couldn't be more grateful to him for entrusting me to lead that program."
Hayes is hardly a stranger to the program or the school.
In high school, Hayes faced standout Spartans guard Billy Donlon (UMKC head coach) and coach Brian James, who would go on to coach in the NBA, leaving hall of famer Dave Weber to take over. Weber won a state title in 2005.
"I am aware of their rich tradition," Hayes said. "It's been put in place by coach James and coach Weber and I am excited to build upon it."
When Hayes was seven years old growing up in Mount Prospect, his first coach for youth travel soccer was the legendary Mike Radakovich, who led Glenbrook North to the 1983 IHSA boys state soccer title.
"So I was familiar with Glenbrook North at a very early age," Hayes said. "He (Radakovich) just happened to be my coach and that was kind of my introduction to high school sports."
Hayes was introduced as the Lions coach for the 2014-15 season after serving as a boys assistant at St. Viator, York and Hoffman Estates.
At Viator, he compiled a 123-58 record including three sectional championship game appearances and a supersectional appearance in 2016-17.
Hayes was overwhelmed by the well wishes he was receiving on Tuesday.
"I've been blown away by the text messages, phone calls and emails from fellow coaches and colleagues," said Hayes, whose wife is expecting their first son in four weeks. "They've just been really gracious wishing me congratulations and best wishes."