Sports writing

  • CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: (8/06-4/13) – Enterprise/feature writer, Notre Dame football beat writer, general columnist, Chicago Bears columnist, Bulls beat writer.
  • CONTRA COSTA TIMES, Walnut Creek, CA: (7/91-8/06) – Prep sports reporter, prep sports editor, Oakland Raiders beat writer, columnist (10 years).
  • ARIZONA REPUBLIC, Phoenix, AZ: (8/90-7/91) – Northern Arizona sports correspondent.
  • ARIZONA DAILY SUN, Flagstaff, AZ: (6/87-8/90) – Prep writer, Northern Arizona University beat writer, assistant sports editor.

Book writing

Author of When the Game Stands Tall: The Story of the De La Salle Spartans and Football’s Longest Winning Streak(North Atlantic Books, 2003).

Co-author of The Last Putt: Two Teams, One Dream and a Freshman Named Tiger (Houghton-Mifflin, 2010). Chasing Perfection: The Leadership Principles Behind Winning Football the De La Salle Way (Triumph, 2015).

Television writing

Scriptwriter for ESPN’s 151: The Greatest Streak, an hour-long documentary inspired by When the Game Stands Tall.

Movie production

Producer and member of creative team for When the Game Stands Tall, a major motion picture starring Jim Caviezel, Laura Dern, Michael Chiklis and Alexander Ludwig set for 2014 release by Mandalay, Sony.


Appeared on numerous local and national broadcasts, including CBS Evening NewsThe Today Show, ESPN’s SportsCenter and Outside the Lines, WGN’s News at Noon and WTTW’s Chicago Tonight.


  • 1994 APSE first place for enterprise reporting
  • 2000 APSE top ten for enterprise reporting
  • 2004 APSE fourth place for feature writing
  • 2004 APSE fourth place for project reporting
  • 2005 APSE Top 10 for column writing
Chasing Perfection -- the story of De La Salle Football by Neil Hayes

Chasing Perfection

When The Game Stands Tall Movie Edition

When the Game Stands Tall