KERRVILLE, TX, February 23, 2018 - Schreiner University welcomes former men’s soccer coach Paul Hayes back to the Schreiner family as the newest member of the alumni relations office.
Hayes was hired in February as the new alumni development officer. The alumni development officer position is responsible for the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of mainly Schreiner’s alumni constituents. In this role, Hayes hopes to foster stronger connections with the university and its alumni.
“The relationships between our university, alums, faculty, staff, and current students are extremely important because they connect all of us together for a cause greater than ourselves,” Hayes said. “Our alums are a great voice for Schreiner University, and we need their participation to help create and sustain an environment in which current and future students can thrive.”
An important goal for Hayes is encouraging involvement and philanthropy from Schreiner alumni and former students to create opportunities and support student achievement.
“I look forward to working with our alums and former students to be more engaged,” Hayes said. “We have a very diverse alumni audience and I think it is vitally important that we keep them connected to Schreiner and our students.”
Hayes is no stranger to Schreiner, having served as men’s soccer coach from 2002 to 2017. Following a short stint in real estate, Hayes found the pull to be a part of the Schreiner family too strong and welcomed the opportunity to return as alumni development officer.
He credits his role as a coach for his desire to engage in alumni development.
“Coaching a sport where most of our athletes were first-generation college students with financial aid struggles made me realize the importance of donor supported scholarships to our student body,” Hayes said. “Our donors are the difference for many of our students being able to attend, follow their dreams, and become productive leaders in society. Being in daily contact with our students, seeing them grow in positive ways, and watching them flourish upon graduation gives me the drive and the motivation for becoming part of Schreiner’s development team.”
Alumni Relations Director Tammi Clanton noted that Hayes’ “passion and excitement for Schreiner” led to his selection for the position.
“Paul is eager to help build lasting relationships with our alumni. His passion for Schreiner and the feeling that he has about Schreiner being a family matches how I feel about Schreiner,” Clanton said. “If we can reach out to our alums and former students and remind them what they felt when they were on campus, then we can stir something in them to help future generations of Mountaineers with their financial support. Building on the relationships that Paul has with 15 years of students that he worked with during his time as our soccer coach, I know that Paul is going to be a great development officer and make many great connections with alums and former students of all ages.”
Hayes is a native of Longview, Texas and now resides in Kerrville with his wife Lea and their three children – daughters Kaylee and Kamryn and son Mason.