Westland High School athletics director Mike George announced the hiring of Rob Hayes as boys basketball coach and Nicole Zumpano as girls volleyball coach.

Hayes, 34, replaces Scott Vayansky, who stepped down after compiling a 9-60 record in three seasons.

Hayes was an assistant for three seasons under Vayansky and for one season under Vayansky’s predecessor, Seth Martin.

“The (players) know what to expect from me,” Hayes said. “There’s obviously going to be differences to the approach like any coaching change, but they who I am and they know what I expect.”

Hayes, a 2001 Springfield Northwestern graduate, played two seasons at Ohio Northern University before transferring to Wittenberg, where he served as a student assistant for two seasons.

Hayes was an assistant at Springfield Northeastern for four years before joining the Westland staff.

“It’s a huge challenge, but there’s a lot of tradition at Westland,” Hayes said. “There’s been a lot of success in the past and a lot of people who have remembered that success and I’m trying to dig back into the past a little bit and bring some of the pride back that was a big part of that community and a big part of that athletic program.”

Zumpano, 34, replaces Teri Goldammer, who resigned after compiling a 7-39 record in two seasons.

Zumpano, a 2000 DeSales graduate, played club volleyball at Ohio State and has coached at the club level since her freshman year in high school, including the last two years with the Westland Volleyball Club.

She also was an assistant coach at Delaware from 2006-10.

“The OCC is pretty tough and we have a pretty tough schedule ahead of us, especially with Dublin Coffman and Upper Arlington,” Zumpano said. “Those are top quality teams, but I’m looking forward to the challenge. I’m hoping to bring a new attitude to Westland volleyball.”

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