|Born||Elida, New Mexico|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
113–137 (Men's basketball)
8–9 (Women's basketball)
|Accomplishments and honors|
NAIA Baseball (1983)
SWC Regular Season (1995)
SWC Tournament (1995)
Big 12 Regular Season (1997)
Big 12 Tournament (1998)
SAC Regular Season (2010)
SWC Coach of the Year (1995)
Big 12 Coach of the Year (1997)
NAIA Hall of Fame inductee
Texas Baseball Hall of Fame inductee
Larry Hays is a collegiate baseball, basketball, women's basketball, and softball coach. He served as the head baseball coach at Lubbock Christian University (LCU) (1971–1986) and Texas Tech University (1987–2008). Hays also served as the head coach of the LCU Chaparrals basketball (1969–1975, 1978–1980), LCU Lady Chaps basketball (1982–83), LCU Lady Chaps softball (2010), and LCU athletic director (1979–1987).
Hays was born in Elida, New Mexico, but went to school in Dora, where he played basketball and baseball in high school. He attended Lubbock Christian College and played for the men's basketball team while earning an Associates of Arts degree in 1964. He then attended Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU), in Portales, New Mexico, where he earned a Bachelors (1966) and Masters degree (1969). As Hays put it, "I've always liked to say when I was at Eastern, that I averaged 30 a game. When I said that, people looked at me, and I would say '30 seconds, not 30 points."
Hays began his coaching career when he was hired as the assistant coach of the Lubbock Christian Chapparals basketball team. He was promoted to head coach in 1969. When Lubbock Christian added baseball in 1971, Hays became the program's second head coach (he played on teams for LCC in the 1960s which were coached by Lester Perrin, the head basketball coach at the school at that time). He led the Chapparals baseball team to an NAIA national championship in 1983. The same season, Hays served for a single season as the head women's basketball coach of the Lady Chaps. From 1979 until 1987, Hays served as the university's athletic director.
Hays served a the softball program's second head coach for after his son, Shanon Hays, resigned to take the same position with the Texas Tech Red Raiders softball team. He was succeeded by his son Daren Hays, after serving a single season as the Lady Chaps' head coach in 2010.
Hays became the head baseball coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders in 1987. He led the Red Raiders to two SWC championships, two Big 12 championships, and nine NCAA tournament appearances and posted a winning season every year but his first and final. In 2005, Hays became the fourth coach ever to gain 1,400 wins. On April 2, 2008, Hays became just the fourth coach in NCAA baseball history to win 1,500 games, 805 with the Red Raiders, with a 10-5 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in his 22nd year as Texas Tech's head coach. On June 2, 2008, Hays retired from coaching after 38 years, 22 of which were spent at Texas Tech. His final record stands at 1,509 wins and 860 losses, fourth all-time in NCAA history. He will remain on the Tech staff in a developmental role. Hays's No. 27 jersey was retired on March 23, 2009. Ceremonies were held at Dan Law Field prior to the Texas Tech Red Raiders game against the Lubbock Christian Chaparrals. Texas Tech won the game 4–3.
Head coaching record
|Lubbock Christian Chaparrals (1971–1986)|
|1983||Lubbock Christian||56–27||NAIA Champions|
|Texas Tech Red Raiders (Southwest Conference) (1987–1996)|
|1995||Texas Tech||51–14||16–8||1st||NCAA Regional|
|1996||Texas Tech||49–15||15–9||2nd||NCAA Regional|
|Texas Tech Red Raiders (Big 12 Conference) (1997–2008)|
|1997||Texas Tech||46–14||23–7||1st||NCAA Regional|
|1998||Texas Tech||44–20||18–11||3rd||NCAA Regional|
|1999||Texas Tech||42–17||18–8||3rd||NCAA Regional|
|2000||Texas Tech||36–26||18–12||5th||NCAA Regional|
|2001||Texas Tech||43–20–1||19–10–1||2nd||NCAA Regional|
|2002||Texas Tech||42–20||16–11||2nd||NCAA Regional|
|2004||Texas Tech||40–21||17–9||3rd||NCAA Regional|
|Lubbock Christian Chaparrals (1969–1975)|
|1969–70||Lubbock Christian||26–11||NJCAA Regional|
|Lubbock Christian Chaparrals (1978–1980)|
|Lubbock Christian Lady Chaps (1982–83)|
|Lubbock Christian Lady Chaps (2010)|
|2010||Lubbock Christian||54–7||29–3||1st||NAIA Tournament|
- Winfield, Mickey (July 2008). "Tech's Hays retiring". Clovis New Journal. p. 12.
- "Larry Hays Named New Softball Head Coach". Lubbock Christian University Official Athletic Site. 2009-07-09. Retrieved 2010-03-27.
- Texas Tech's Hays becomes fourth coach to 1,500 wins
- Hays Earns His 1,500th Career Win As Tech Tops TAMU-CC
- Hays earns 1,500th win with sweep of A&M-CC
- Larry Hays Retires From Coaching
- Texas Tech baseball coach steps down after 38 years
- "Texas Tech To Retire Larry Hays' Jersey Against LCU". Texas Tech Athletics. 2009-02-28. Retrieved 2009-03-06.
- "Red Raiders Top LCU 4-3". Texas Tech Official Athletic Site. 2009-03-24. Retrieved 2009-03-24.
- "2009-10 LCU Lady Chaps Basketball Media Guide". Lubbock Christian University. Retrieved 2012-05-23.