2014 Spring Game Highlights
Survivor: Jennie Bailey
Keys to the Game - Oklahoma State
• Begins his third season as offensive line coach at Texas Tech and is in his second coaching stint alongside head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
• Joined the Texas Tech staff in the spring of 2013 after completing his second coaching stop at the University of Houston where he served as offensive line coach in 2012.
• In his second season at Texas Tech in 2014, Hays’ offensive line was arguably the most improved unit on the team. His line allowed just 13 sacks in 12 games and that mark ranked second in the Big 12 and tied for 12th nationally. Le’Raven Clark was a consensus First-Team All Big 12 selection at left tackle.
• The Del Rio, Texas, native served as the assistant offensive line coach for the Houston Cougars in 2010 and enjoyed successful offensive coordinator stints at Tarleton State (2011), Baylor (2006-07) and West Texas A&M (2003-05). At each of those stops his programs annually produced some of college football’s top offensive outputs, running the highly-successful “Air Raid”, which is currently run by the Houston Cougars.
• It was that work with UH’s young offensive linemen in 2010 that helped three first-year starters, Kevin Forsch (Honorable Mention All-C-USA), Ty Cloud and Rowdy Harper (Conference USA All-Freshman Team) make the transition to starters in 2011.
• Widely respected for his work along the offensive line, Hays has coached five All-Americans, 27 First-Team All-Conference players, three conference offensive Linemen of the Year award winners, one Dave Rimington Award winner and two NFL Draft picks. His coaching tenure has also helped produce five conference championship teams and six NCAA Division II playoff entrants.
• His background includes a near-decade stint with the United States Marine Corps’ 4th Reconnaissance Battalion (1987-96). He rose to the rank of staff sergeant and completed the Marine Corps’ Sniper School. He served as a staff noncommissioned officer and as a recon marine during his military career.
• Before he entered the Marines, Hays played defensive end and linebacker at Cisco Junior College for two years, then spent one year at Abilene Christian. He then returned to football and earned his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M-Kingsville in 1996 and his master’s degree from West Texas A&M University in 2004.
• From 2003-05, Hays was the architect of West Texas A&M’s high-octane spread offenses utilizing the Air Raid attack. West Texas A&M enjoyed its most successful season in 55 years in 2005, largely due to the success of Hays’ offensive creativity. The Buffaloes went 10-2 to record their first winning season since 1998 (the program had won a combined seven games in the previous four years) and post the school’s first 10-win campaign since 1950. Along the way, WTAMU won the Lone Star Conference title with an 8-1 record, its first league championship since 1986, and advanced to the NCAA Division II Playoffs for the first time in school history where it lost in the quarterfinals.
• The 2005 Buffalo offense led the NCAA Division II ranks in passing offense at 363.8 yards per game, while ranking No. 7 in scoring offense (40.3 ppg) and No. 9 in total offense (477.3 ypg). His 2005 offense set school records for completion percentage (.669) and total yards per attempt (6.9 ypa).
• Spent two years at Baylor (2006-07), with BU averaging 23.6 points per game, the team’s best mark since 1996. The spread attack also allowed Baylor to break almost every school single-game and season passing record. The Bears ranked third in the Big 12 and No. 11 nationally in passing yards per game (275.0).
• Spent the 2011 season at Tarleton State where the club averaged 32.1 points and nearly 400 yards of offense per game (391.9). Tarleton was one of the most improved teams in NCAA Division II, doubling its win total from 3-8 in 2010 to 6-5 in 2011. The offensive output was also a huge benefactor of Hays’ experience. Tarleton averaged just 21.5 points per game the year before his arrival.
• Hays and his wife, Roxanne, have a daughter, Shanlee, and a son, Cade.