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BattleHawks Coach Jonathan Hayes Interviews for Vanderbilt Opening: Report

Vanderbilt will have no shortage of candidates interested in pursuing their coaching opening. As of right now, it has been reported that Notre Dame Defensive Coordinator Clark Lea has interviewed for the job.

It has also been reported that Coastal Carolina coach Jamey Chadwell, Charlotte Coach Will Healy, and Army Coach Jeff Monken are a few others Vanderbilt plans to talk with about the opening. There has also been a report that former Rams and Titans coach Jeff Fisher has expressed interest in the opening as well.

But according to another report, former BattleHawks coach Jonathan Hayes has interviewed for the opening.

Coach Hayes’s background certainly warrants consideration for another head coaching opportunity. He spent 4 years under Bob Stoops in Oklahoma and worked in the Bengals organization as the tight ends coach from 2003-2018. Most recently, he lead the St. Louis BattleHawks in the shortened 2020 season.

Not to be overlooked is the fact that Hayes also had a lengthy playing career in the NFL playing with the Chiefs from 1985-1993 and with the Steelers from 1994-1996.

Once Vanderbilt let Derek Mason go, athletic director Candice Storey said they were looking for a coach that is more offensive minded, and has had head coaching experience. Hayes checks both of those boxes.

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During his brief time with the BattleHawks, Hayes made a huge impression on that team, and in the community. It will be bittersweet if he isn’t around to lead the BattleHawks if/when they kick off in 2022, but like so many from the XFL, he deserves a chance to shine. Hopefully he will get that chance soon

Hey everyone! I am from the Bloomington, Il. area. I am married to my wife Natalie, and we just welcomed our first daughter (Evelyn) in June. We have 2 dogs (Josey & Taw). I graduated from Illinois College in 2011 with a degree in history. I also played on the baseball team there. I am a die hard St. Louis sports fan and had season tickets for the BattleHawks in the front row behind the team.

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  1. Brian Autullo

    December 10, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    Jonathan Hayes should be a head coach at the highest level. He’s paid his dues and has more experience than most of these new Head Coaches in the NFL. When black Monday hits he should be on those teams short list for possible candidates. I can’t believe he’s been over looked thus far. He is more than qualified!

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