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Herd’s Tony Hayes receives C-USA Postgraduate Scholarship


IRVING, Texas—William “Tony” Hayes has been awarded the Jim Castañeda Postgraduate Scholarship Award by Conference USA, the league office announced June 20. Hayes is Marshall’s recipient of the scholarship awarded annually to one student-athlete from each of the conference’s 14 member schools.

This is the ninth year the award has been named for Dr. Castañeda, who served Rice University for 46 years as an educator, coach, and Faculty Athletics Representative before he passed away in November 2008. The conference annually awards the $4,000 Postgraduate Scholarships to graduates as selected by the C-USA Faculty Athletics Representatives and approved by the Board of Directors.

“Winning the Jim Castañeda Postgraduate Scholarship is so exciting and such an honor,” Hayes said. “I cannot thank Dr. [Karen] McComas enough for nominating me, (and) huge thanks to Conference USA as well for selecting me as the recipient of this scholarship.” Hayes will be attending the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine in the fall.

MUCC 2016 Tony Hayes at C-USA Championships

The Herd’s Tony Hayes competes last fall at the Conference USA Championships for cross country, this fall will enter med school at Marshall with a C-USA postgrad scholarship. (HerdZone photo)

“Just when I thought Marshall University had given me everything in the world, Dr. McComas nominated me for this scholarship and I’ve found myself benefiting from Marshall University again,” Hayes said. “I can’t even express how wonderful Marshall and Conference USA have been to me. I’m also thankful for my great friend and assistant coach Caleb Bowen for writing a letter of recommendation for me. The same thank you goes to my wonderful cell biology professor Dr. Valluri for also writing me a letter of recommendation.”

Hayes competed in all meets for the Herd in 2013 and 2015-2016, earning varsity letters each year. At the 2016 C-USA Cross Country Championship, Hayes ran his career-best 8K with a time of 25:55.7. The Fairmont, West Virginia, native earned his bachelor’s in pre-med with a minor in chemistry and a notable GPA of 3.94. Hayes was named to the C-USA Cross Country All-Academic Team the past two years, is a three-time C-USA Academic Medal Recipient and was named to the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll three times.

“Tony Hayes is a true testament of what being a student-athlete entail,” Marshall assistant coach Caleb Bowen said. “Ever since his first practice with us Tony gave 100 percent to this team and 110 percent to his studies. He was one of the hardest workers I’ve ever worked with and I’m truly going to miss his work ethic and dedication to excellence. I hope that the younger guys on the team will take after Tony and strive to be great on the cross country course and in the classroom. I’m so proud of everything he’s accomplished and I’m happy to see him get this award.”

  • 2017 Jim Castañeda Postgraduate Scholarship Recipients
  • Lee McNeil, Football, Charlotte
  • Bianca Biglione, Women’s Tennis, Florida Atlantic
  • Samantha Green, Softball, FIU
  • Natalie Moran, Softball, Louisiana Tech
  • Tony Hayes, Cross Country, Marshall
  • Max Linder, Football, Middle Tennessee
  • Amy Henard, Volleyball, North Texas
  • Christian Wirth, Men’s Soccer, Old Dominion
  • Katherine Ip, Women’s Tennis, Rice
  • Danielle Block, Softball, Southern Miss
  • Catherine Ragon, Women’s Tennis, UAB
  • Anthony Rotich, Men’s Cross Country, UTEP
  • Geonte Jackson, Baseball, UTSA
  • Micah Jones, Women’s Basketball, WKU

 “The money from this scholarship will help out so much this upcoming year when I start medical school,” Hayes said. “I’m beyond grateful. I just want to thank my family, friends, teammates, coaching staff, and faculty that has helped me along the way become the athlete and student that qualified me to receive this scholarship.”

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About Woody Woodrum

Senior Editor and columnist/writer for Herd Insider since 2003, with Kindred Communications on radio for Marshall football/men's basketball pregame and postgame shows since 1996 and with First Sentry Bank Sportsline (Also Scott on Sports, Sideline Sports and Herd Insider Sportsline) since 1997. Married to Liz (12-22-1990) and one son, Tre' (11-7-1997). National Sportswriters & Sportscasters West Virginia Broadcaster of the Year winner for radio, 2000; won W.Va. Broadcasters Best Talk Show in 2013 with co-host Paul Swann and W.Va. Broadcasters Best Play-by-Play in 2015 with Jason Toy (Huntington at South Charleston, state AAA semifinals). Member of (College) Football Writers Association of America, (College) Basketball Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Color commentator for Marshall football (1999-2000), for Marshall basketball (2004-2016) and Marshall baseball (2004-2016). Color for high school football at Spring Valley (1999-2008), Cabell Midland (2009-2012) and Huntington (W.Va.) High School (2013-2016).