It was not a phone call that former Potomac (Va.) boys' basketball coach Kendall Hayes was expecting on a blustery day in the middle of winter, but the opportunity that it provided rekindled feelings that had never quite gone away.
Hayes, a legendary boys' coach, ended his two-year retirement from coaching Thursday when he was called by Potomac Athletic Director Bill Stearns and asked to take over the girls' basketball team on an interim basis. Hayes will fill in for Coach Mike Wilson, who has not coached the past week, for undisclosed reasons.
Coaching is "something you never forget how to do," Hayes said Friday. "I don't know how it's going to feel, but I'm certainly going to have some fun with it."
Hayes stepped down as the Potomac boys' coach after the 2005-06 season. During his 21-year tenure, he won 423 games and guided the Panthers to nine Virginia AAA tournament appearances, including the state championship in 1995. He retired from coaching, he said, so that he could focus on watching his son Eric play basketball at the University of Maryland, where he is a junior guard.