Hayes returns to the Woodcreek bench

Coach stepped down from same post in 2004
By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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The man Burnel Pinkerton replaced at the head of the Woodcreek High basketball program at the end of the 2003-04 season is now the one who will step in for Pinkerton. Paul Hayes has remained on campus, and most recently returned to the bench to run the junior varsity team. “I enjoyed the time off after the 03-04 season,” Hayes said. “I had been coaching for 17 years to that point and just needed a break. I was excited when Coach P. asked me if I would like to coach JV for him a couple years ago. It was a nice lead back into coaching and helped generate the excitement to take his place.” Hayes has been running the school's junior varsity program since making his return to the sidelines two years ago. Some changes in his life had necessitated that he step down, but now he will resume the reins of the varsity squad. "Paul is the greatest guy in the world," Pinkerton said. "He has been there before and it will be an easy transition. He has a great nucleus of kids coming back and he will be very familiar with all of them, having coached them at the JV level." Hayes is excited about the program he inherits and credits Pinkerton for the way he ran the show. “I am very happy for Coach Pinkerton and his success,” Hayes said. “He deserves a break as he put his heart and soul into the kids and the program. Coach P really cared about the kids as people and students as well as players. He has left a program that is a significant source of pride for Woodcreek as evidenced by the hoards of fans that followed the team through their playoff run.” Now, the task of building on that reputation of success falls back on the shoulders of Hayes. “I am excited to take over such a program and hope to continue its success,” Hayes said. There is a strong group coming back that helped contribute to the teams success this year and some solid players coming up from the JV team.”