Daren Hays begins his 10th season with the Texas Tech Baseball program and his second as Director of Operations. He spent the previous eight seasons as an assistant coach before accepting his new title in June 2007.
Prior to coming to Texas Tech, Hays spent eight seasons as head baseball coach at crosstown Lubbock Christian University where he amassed a 356-163 overall record. He became the first coach in LCU history to win 300 games in only seven seasons. In his last season at LCU, Hays was named the Sooner Athletic Conference Coach of the Year after leading Lubbock Christian to a 47-17 record and a No. 7 NAIA national ranking. He won 40-plus games in six of his eight seasons at LCU and won 50-plus games two seasons, leading the Chaparrals to a 52-16 record in 1995 and 52-18 record in 1998. Hays received NAIA District VIII Coach of the Year honors in 1993 after his Chaparral hitters led the nation in batting average. During his tenure at LCU, 14 of his players were selected as NAIA All-Americans, four were named GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-Americans and 20 of his players were named to the All-Sooner Athletic Conference team in its five years of existence.
After receiving his bachelor of science degree from Lubbock Christian in 1989, Hays played professionally in the Texas Rangers organization.
Hays is married to the former Kristi McGee of Lubbock. The couple resides in Lubbock and have two daughters, Brittany and Brogan.