Richard Hayes
Richard  Hayes

Durham, NC

Last College:
North Carolina A&T State

Head Coach


Fayetteville State Offers HALF-OFF of its Football Season Tickets

Season tickets are available online at


Fayetteville State Athletics to Host Twelve Summer Sports Camps

Track & Field Sessions added as a New Option


Fayetteville State Falls 42-19 to Virginia State in the CIAA Football Championship Game

Stevie Green was named the Runner-Up MVP


Fayetteville State to Face Virginia State in the CIAA Title Game

Broncos are 3-1 in championship games


FSU Broncos Hayes and James Earn CIAA Weekly Awards

Hayes Named Coach of the Week for the Second Time


Richard Hayes Recaps the 41-16 Win over JCSU

Fayetteville State University worked over Johnson C. Smith 41-16 on the Eddie C. McGirt Field to improve to 2-0 in the CIAA Southern Division and 2-2 in conference play. Stevie Green (Washington, NC) carried the Broncos for 120 rushing yards with three (3) touchdowns and Richard Latimer (Charlotte, NC) returned home to throw for 147 yards on 11 of 20 passing. Latimer also ran for 27 yards. FSU finished with 388 yards of total offense in 70 plays.


Coach Hayes Preview of Upcoming FSU-ECSU Matchup

Fayetteville State Broncos Head Football Coach Richard Hayes discusses the previous week's game against Wingate and the upcoming matchup against Elizabeth City State in Rocky Mount, NC


FSU Broncos Defense Shines in Final Preseason Scrimmage

Head Football Coach Richard Hayes was impressed with how his defensive line materialized through camp and performed during the scrimmage.


No Starting Roles Assigned to QBs after Second Week of Practice

No starting roles assigned yet for the FSU Broncos. Competition is at a high and the offense shows promise.


Coach Hayes Recaps His First Day of Live Contact

Fayetteville State Broncos Athletics still has an open competition at quarterback and at other spots on the field, and Coach Richard Hayes likes his options.


FSU Broncos Football vs. Bowie State

Photos were taken on September 3, 2017, football game against Bowie State University

Richard Hayes, Jr. embarks on his first season as the Fayetteville State head football coach for the 2016 season. FSU announced Hayes as the 16th head football coach in the program’s history on December 28, 2015.

Hayes brings over 15 years of coaching experience into the leadership role of the football program at FSU. He has a background as a defensive specialist and adds his wealth of experiential knowledge; both as a player and as a coach.

Prior to taking charge at Fayetteville State, Hayes served as the defensive coordinator for the 2015 CIAA champion Winston-Salem State Rams. He joined the WSSU football coaching staff in 2010 as an assistant coach working with the defensive backs and special teams.

Hayes won three CIAA Championships (2011, 2012, 2015), made four conference championship appearances (2011-12; 2014-15), and complied a record of 60-13 as a member of the Rams coaching staff.

“I’m honored for this opportunity to lead the football program at such a great institution in Fayetteville State University,” stated Hayes. “I would like to thank the chancellor Dr. James Anderson, director of athletics Anthony Bennett, all the coaches and mentors that have helped me get to this point, and of course my family for all their love and support.”

Hayes earned a hefty set of accolades during his time at WSSU. Under Hayes’ defensive schemes, the Rams’ defense has been ranked nationally in the top 10 since 2010. WSSU had a student-athlete named CIAA Defensive Player of the Year for four consecutive seasons (2011-14). Hayes played an instrumental role in WSSU making three consecutive NCAA Regional appearances, including two Region I Championships (2011-12) and finishing as a NCAA DII National Finalist in 2012.

Hayes has roots in North Carolina and South Carolina high school football. He served as the defensive coordinator at W.J. Keenan High School in Columbia, SC (2009) and at James B. Dudley High School in Greensboro, NC (2004-05).

While at Dudley, Hayes helped to lead the team to a 3AA Eastern Division Championship in 2004 and a Triad 3A Conference Co-Championship in 2005. Both seasons saw Dudley High ranked in the top five in the state in total defense, pass defense and scoring defense.

Hayes moved on to Keenan High and took control of the defense. Under his tutelage, Keenan High earned a SCHSL Region IV runner-up finish and earned their first playoff win in 17 years en route to posting a 9-3 record.

In 1998, Hayes began coaching on the collegiate level at his alma mater North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. He served as an assistant coach with the Aggies from 1998-2002. Hayes spent three seasons working with the running backs and two seasons as the outside linebackers coach.

Hayes completed his bachelor’s degree in Recreation Administration from N.C. A&T State in 1999. He was a standout defensive back for the 1991 and 1992 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) champion Aggies; Hayes was a two-year letterman for N.C. A&T State.

He and his wife Thomasina are the proud parents of three children, Richard III, Ryan, and Kennedy.

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