Dr. Eric Mayes joined head coach Jim Margraff’s staff in 2015 and returns for his second season working with the Blue Jay defensive line. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Mayes is an Assistant Professor of Education at Johns Hopkins University with an emphasis in Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education.
Mayes made an immediate impact in his first season on the staff as he coached a pair of sophomore defensive linemen to All-Centennial Conference honors, including one (current junior Keonte Henson) who was in his first season playing on the line.
Mayes was a walk-on football player at the University of Michigan and served as a co-captain on the Wolverines’ 1997 Big Ten, Rose Bowl and National Championship team. He was a member of a defense that led the nation in total defense and scoring defense.
Mayes began his career in athletics shortly after graduating from Michigan in 1998 as he worked with the Wolverine football team in student-athlete development while enrolled in graduate school.
After graduating with a Master of Science in Educational Technology from the University of Michigan, Mayes worked as a high school technology teacher and linebacker coach in Detroit before returning to earn his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Howard University. After years of working in education as a teacher, building administrator, nonprofit and higher education leader and studying in Africa and South America, Mayes earned a post doctorate Masters in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University.
After working on national education and policy issues in Washington, DC – Mayes joined the faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education, ranked number one by US News and World Report, to develop and train global leaders in education. His research focuses on the impact of culture on learning, cognition and leadership development.