Since joining the UT Arlington track and field staff prior to the 2011 season, former Mavericks standout pole vaulter Wade Hayes has paid huge dividends in aiding the team's field events. Hayes was named to the Southland Conference All-Time Indoor Track & Field Honor Roll in 2013, a list that recognized the best athletes in the league's first 50 years.
Hayes has helped five different athletes grab all-conference honors in that event in just three years. For the women, Sammy Nash was a Southland Conference honoree in 2011, while Julianne Burch has claimed outdoor conference accolades in 2012 and 2013. On the men's side, Jeff Rodriguez was named to the All-SLC squad multiple times, while Romain Martin and Connor McGuire were All-Western Athletic Conference performers in 2013.
Rodriguez has headlined Hayes' pupils, earning Second-Team All-America honors after placing 14th in the pole vault at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Rodriguez also was the 2011 Drake Relays champion. Rodriguez continued to soar in 2012, setting school records in both the indoor (5.35m) and outdoor (5.40m) events. He also won the indoor conference championship and was a national qualifier in the outdoor season.
Hayes' success also has carried over into the throwing events. Bozidar Antunovic was a First-Team All-American in the indoor shot put in 2013 after finishing fifth nationally. The school record holder in both the indoor (20.02m) and outdoor shot put (18.95m), he claimed the 2013 WAC outdoor title.
Samantha Little has twice earned all-league distinction in the discus, while Whitley Ellison was a 2013 all-conference selection. Both athletes rank among the school's all-time top 5 in the event. In addition, Heath Skelton ranks second in UTA history in both the weight throw and the hammer throw.
As a collegian, Hayes won five consecutive Southland Conference championships in the pole vault, including three straight during the indoor seasons. He also held the school record with a mark of 5.25 meters.
A 2010 graduate of UT Arlington, Hayes earned his degree in kinesiology.