From the time he entered Central High School in 1938 until today, Dan Hayes has been involved with athletics in one way or another, except for a four year stint in the U.S. Air Corps in World War II. Track was his main competitive event in high school and at The University of Akron, running the dashes. After his graduation in 1950 from Akron, for the next 30 years he was with the Akron Public School system as a teacher, counselor, principal and administrator. During his education career, he was involved as a track official, receiving a 50 year service award in 2005. He is a Board member of the Tri-County Senior Olympics and the Ohio Senior Olympics as well as a charter member of the Silver League where he is a player/manager. He is also a member of the Brennan White Hat softball team which won the 70 plus state Senior Olympic title in 2004 and 2006 .
Dan Hayes received the Phil Dietrich Senior Athlete Award in 2008.