Tom Hayes
Tom Hayes

Keokuk, Iowa

Defensive Secondary/Safeties Coach


1st year

Alma Mater:
Iowa, 1971

Beginning his first season on the Tulane coaching staff as the defensive secondary/safeties coach is Tom Hayes.

Hayes, 60, brings 28 combined seasons of NFL and collegiate experience to the Tulane defense. He will oversee the entire secondary and will also coach the safety and nickel positions. Hayes has 21 years of coaching at the college level and spent seven seasons in the NFL ranks. He has coached in 13 bowl games, including eight games at UCLA, two at Texas A&M and three at the University of Oklahoma.

Most recently, Hayes served on the New Orleans Saints staff as a defensive backs coach for two seasons, 2006-2007. The Saints were well-served by the teaching skills as Hayes molded a group of young players and veterans into key contributors in New Orleans being ranked as the NFC's top-ranked pass defense.

New Orleans surrendered a scant 178.4 passing yards per game in 2006, leading the conference and ranking third in the NFL. The Saints held opponents to under 160 yards passing eight times that season - including two foes to less than 100 yards. In two games (at Atlanta and at the New York Giants), New Orleans held opponents to just nine completions.

Hayes was among the handful of assistants that Sean Payton included in his coaching staff that brought the additional experience and expertise of having been coordinators in the past to their respective position groups. Hayes was the defensive coordinator at Stanford in 2005 before coming to New Orleans.

During his career, he has also been the defensive coordinator at UCLA, Oklahoma and Kansas and coached the defensive backs of the Washington Redskins for five years.

Hayes has tutored defenses that have been a key component of teams that compiled a 10-3 record in bowl games, including three Rose Bowl victories. He has developed the skills of numerous all-conference and All-Americans and coached 26 defensive backs who moved on to NFL rosters - including five first-round draft picks.

A list of the NFL standouts Hayes has worked with includes CBs Darrell Green, Cris Dishman and Champ Bailey while with the Redskins. At UCLA Hayes was a key part of establishing the school's history of top-notch - and NFL-bound - safeties by tutoring Kenny Easley, Don Rogers, James Washington, Eric Turner and Carnell Lake. In his stint at Texas A&M, Hayes coached CB Kevin Smith.

Prior to arriving at Stanford, Hayes spent the 2001 season at Kansas. He was the Jayhawks' defensive coordinator and secondary coach and for the final three games of the season he was interim head coach.

From 1995-99, Hayes served as the secondary coach of the Washington Redskins, working with a pair of Pro Bowl picks in Green and Dishman. He tutored Bailey in 1999 and the rookie was a Pro Bowl alternate.

Before joining the Redskins, Hayes spent four years (1991-94) as the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma, coaching under former Saints defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs. Before joining the Sooners staff, Hayes was assistant head coach at Texas A&M (1989-90). His previous experiences included nine seasons at UCLA (1980-88) - the last seven as defensive coordinator - a stretch where the Bruins won four Pac-10 titles.

Hayes served as defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Cal State-Fullerton in 1979 and was the secondary coach at his alma mater, Iowa, from 1977-78. He coached for five years on the high school level and a year at Coe (Iowa) College before starting at Iowa in 1977.

Hayes was a three-year letter-winner as a defensive back for the Hawkeyes from 1967-71. He earned a degree in Finance/Insurance in 1971. Born March 26, 1949 in Keokuk, Iowa, he and his wife Cindy have three children: Andy (33), Lindsay (29) and Sarah (24).