Larry Hays

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Larry Hays
Sport(s) Baseball, Softball
Biographical details
Born Elida, New Mexico
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Baseball
1971–1986
1987-2008

Men's basketball
1969–1975
1978–1980

Women's basketball
1982–83

Softball
2010

Lubbock Christian
Texas Tech


Lubbock Christian
Lubbock Christian


Lubbock Christian


Lubbock Christian
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1979–1987 Lubbock Christian
Head coaching record
Overall 1,509–860 (Baseball)
113–137 (Men's basketball)
8–9 (Women's basketball)
54–7 (Softball)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
NAIA Baseball (1983)
SWC Regular Season (1995)
SWC Tournament (1995)
Big 12 Regular Season (1997)
Big 12 Tournament (1998)
SAC Regular Season (2010)
Awards
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).

Under the leadership of Hays, the LCU Chaparrals baseball team won the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Baseball World Series in 1983.

Early life[edit]

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."[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Lubbock Christian[edit]

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.[1]

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.[2] He was succeeded by his son Daren Hays, after serving a single season as the Lady Chaps' head coach in 2010.

Texas Tech[edit]

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[1] 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.[3][4][5] On June 2, 2008, Hays retired from coaching after 38 years, 22 of which were spent at Texas Tech.[6][7] 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.[1] 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.[8] Texas Tech won the game 4–3.[9]

Head coaching record[edit]

Baseball[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Lubbock Christian Chaparrals (1971–1986)
1971 Lubbock Christian 28–16
1972 Lubbock Christian 31–14
1973 Lubbock Christian 35–14
1974 Lubbock Christian 41–17
1975 Lubbock Christian 36–24
1976 Lubbock Christian 49–17
1977 Lubbock Christian 44–27
1978 Lubbock Christian 47–24
1979 Lubbock Christian 42–24
1980 Lubbock Christian 54–34
1981 Lubbock Christian 38–40
1982 Lubbock Christian 64–21
1983 Lubbock Christian 56–27 NAIA Champions
1984 Lubbock Christian 51–14
1985 Lubbock Christian 38–29
1986 Lubbock Christian 41–39
Lubbock Christian: 695–381
Texas Tech Red Raiders (Southwest Conference) (1987–1996)
1987 Texas Tech 21–28 7–14 6th
1988 Texas Tech 34–25–1 7–14 6th
1989 Texas Tech 32–22 9–12 T–4th
1990 Texas Tech 31–29 6–16 7th
1991 Texas Tech 42–18 9–12 7th
1992 Texas Tech 29–25 15–19 4th
1993 Texas Tech 43–15 11–7 T–2nd
1994 Texas Tech 40–17 12–6 T–2nd
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
2003 Texas Tech 30–25 8–18 9th
2004 Texas Tech 40–21 17–9 3rd NCAA Regional
2005 Texas Tech 34–25 9–16 8th
2006 Texas Tech 31–26–1 9–16–1 8th
2007 Texas Tech 28–27 8–18 10th
2008 Texas Tech 25–30 9–18 T–9th
Texas Tech: 813–479–3 278–271–2
Total: 1,508–860–3

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Men's basketball[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Lubbock Christian Chaparrals (1969–1975)
1969–70 Lubbock Christian 26–11 NJCAA Regional
1970–71 Lubbock Christian 16–14
1971–72 Lubbock Christian 8–20
1972–73 Lubbock Christian 12–20
1973–74 Lubbock Christian 10–21
1974–75 Lubbock Christian 10–19
Lubbock Christian Chaparrals (1978–1980)
1978–79 Lubbock Christian 14–16
1979–80 Lubbock Christian 17–16
Lubbock Christian: 113–137
Total: 113–137

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Women's basketball[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Lubbock Christian Lady Chaps (1982–83)
1982–83 Lubbock Christian 8–9
Lubbock Christian: 8–9
Total: 8–9

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Reference:[10]

Softball[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Lubbock Christian Lady Chaps (2010)
2010 Lubbock Christian 54–7 29–3 1st NAIA Tournament
Lubbock Christian: 54–7 29–3
Total: 54–7

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Winfield, Mickey (July 2008). "Tech's Hays retiring". Clovis New Journal. p. 12. 
  2. ^ "Larry Hays Named New Softball Head Coach". Lubbock Christian University Official Athletic Site. 2009-07-09. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  3. ^ Texas Tech's Hays becomes fourth coach to 1,500 wins
  4. ^ Hays Earns His 1,500th Career Win As Tech Tops TAMU-CC
  5. ^ Hays earns 1,500th win with sweep of A&M-CC
  6. ^ Larry Hays Retires From Coaching
  7. ^ Texas Tech baseball coach steps down after 38 years
  8. ^ "Texas Tech To Retire Larry Hays' Jersey Against LCU". Texas Tech Athletics. 2009-02-28. Retrieved 2009-03-06. 
  9. ^ "Red Raiders Top LCU 4-3". Texas Tech Official Athletic Site. 2009-03-24. Retrieved 2009-03-24. 
  10. ^ "2009-10 LCU Lady Chaps Basketball Media Guide". Lubbock Christian University. Retrieved 2012-05-23. 

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