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NEWS
By Jim Carnett | August 18, 2009
During Sunday night cross-country flights home, Laird Hayes watches NFL football on his laptop. That’s not so unusual. Lots of folks turn their attention to America’s favorite sport on transcontinental flights. But Hayes, a former catcher for Princeton University’s baseball team who has a doctorate in higher education from UCLA, sits in his first-class seat and breaks down a DVD replay of the game he officiated earlier that day. Laird, an Orange Coast College dean, professor and head soccer coach for the past 33 years, is an NFL side judge.
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NEWS
August 28, 1999
Tony Altobelli The sun was shining, the birds were chirping, hot dogs were cooking, sodas were chilling, music was playing and players, coaches and media were mingling peacefully at Orange Coast College's first-ever Get Acquainted Barbecue on Wednesday. It was almost like the movie, "Pleasantville," where everything was just peachy-swell. All in all, the BBQ was a great idea. At best, it gave coaches, athletes, media and administration a chance to meet and learn more about each other in a relaxed environment, as well as show the athletes that OCC is committed to being the top community college for athletes to come to. "When you concentrate on your sport, you sometimes forget about how many other things go on here at OCC," Pirate baseball pitcher John Coleman said.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | February 6, 2012
With a 17-year career that has featured three Super Bowls, eight divisional games, five wild-card contests and one conference championship game, Laird Hayes has had some great moments as a side judge in the NFL. But the greatest time in his career came Sunday, when the Newport Beach resident made the right call on the biggest play on the biggest stage. During the New York Giants' game-winning drive, quarterback Eli Manning launched a bomb toward the sideline to receiver Mario Manningham.
NEWS
November 8, 2000
COSTA MESA - There are theories about momentum and how far it can take you, and how long the staying power, but judging from the rejuvenated figure of Orange Coast College soccer coach Laird Hayes, it's a good bet his Pirates won't glide down for a landing in at least two weeks. And that's long after the first round of the Southern California Southern Regionals, which begins Tuesday on the Pirates' field against a foe still to be determined. Hayes, who had seen his program fall to an agonizing 3-14-4, 2-7-3 in the OEC a year ago, takes his Bucs into Tuesday's first round with a 15-3-4, 10-2-1 record and a current seven-game winning streak, capped by Monday's historic 3-2 victory over rival Santa Ana, snapping the latter's 70-game unbeaten streak in a heated battle.
NEWS
August 8, 2004
Rick Devereux Third in a series David Bowie once sang that time was running wild. It seems the Orange Coast College athletics department has used the time since receiving more than $14 million from bond Measure C money to run wild on improving its facilities. With all of the ch-ch-changes going on for the Pirates -- LeBard Stadium is being renovated, a new fieldhouse is being built, a new dance floor has been installed, the softball and baseball fields will get a new look -- the first sport to benefit from the construction will be soccer.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | August 30, 2006
COSTA MESA — Orange Coast College men's soccer coach Laird Hayes said every practice is an opportunity to get a starting spot. In the Pirates' season opener, freshman forward Juan Meza took full advantage of his opportunity. Meza scored two goals, helping lead an efficient OCC team to a 3-0 nonconference victory over Moorpark. He scored in the 14th minute, taking a through ball from Matt Schirmer, beating two defenders and the sliding Moorpark goalie and angling a soft shot into the net. Meza also had the game's last goal in the 86th minute, gaining possession of a bouncing ball in the box and firing it past the goalie at the near post.
SPORTS
January 16, 2012
Newport Beach resident earns assignment as side judge for Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis. Newport Beach resident Laird Hayes learned Monday that he would be on the officiating crew for Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5 in Indianapolis, Ind. Hayes, a former Orange Coast College men's soccer coach in his 16th season as an NFL official, will be the side judge on the seven-man crew. It's the third Super Bowl assignment for Hayes, 61, who also worked Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004 and Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com | April 6, 2011
A picture can sometimes seem so simple, especially a group photo. But this wasn't just any typical picture. There weren't any special poses, mind you. Just smiles. From those faces you could still see the youth and carefreeness that constantly showed during their days on the Orange Coast College surf team. Some 30 years later, sure they've all grown in age, but their personalities have hardly changed. Many of them are still part of the surf culture. So what do you do at a party if you're a surfer?
NEWS
By Tom Ragan | February 4, 2010
As millions of football fanatics sit down Sunday to watch the Super Bowl between the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts, know this, Orange County folks: There’s a Newport Beach resident who’s been to the Super Bowl twice — and he wasn’t sitting in the stands. He’s got the pinstripes, the hat, the shoes, the whistle, the flags, even the professional pig skin. He even has a number: It’s No. 125. Laird Hayes, an Orange Coast College instructor, is living the dream.
NEWS
January 10, 2003
Richard Dunn If football official Laird Hayes had it his way Saturday night during the NFC Divisional Playoff game between the Atlanta Falcons and the host Philadelphia Eagles, he'd be almost invisible as an NFL side judge. As an officials' axiom goes, if no one notices you, you're probably doing your job well. And on the heels of last weekend's game-ending debacle for NFL officials in San Francisco, Hayes can only pray -- like he does before every game -- that something like that doesn't happen to him. "That was an oddball play at the end. It was just a three-ring circus and I could easily see how they could (miss an interference call on an eligible New York receiver)
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