THURSDAY, JULY 19, 2012 – 11:17 AM
Scott Lacefield (Twitter: @ScottLacefield)
The man responsible for all nine of Texas Tech’s NCAA Tournament appearances and four conference titles – Larry Hays – will join the 2012 Texas Tech Hall of Honor induction class.
Hays spent 22 years as the head coach of the Red Raiders where he posted an 813-479-3 overall record. He retired following the 2008 season with a career win total of 1,508 which ranked at the time fourth in NCAA history.
Hays also spent 16 years as the head coach at Lubbock Christian. He recorded 695 wins at LCU where he averaged 43 wins a season.
Below is a look at some of the highlights from Larry Hays’ Texas Tech coaching career:
- Retired as the fourth winningest head coach in NCAA history with 1,508 wins (38 years) while 813 came in 22 years at Texas Tech.
- Led Texas Tech to all four of its conference championships.
- 1995 Southwest Conference championships
- 1995 Southwest Conference Tournament title
- 1997 Big 12 Conference championship
- 1998 Big 12 Conference Tournament title
- Led Texas Tech to nine NCAA Tournament appearances while hosting 1996, 1997 and 1999 NCAA Regional Tournaments.
- Tied the school record for wins (34) in just his second season.
- Led program to 51-14 overall record in 1995 - marking a school record for wins in a single-season.
- Led program to all 11 40-win seasons.
- Guided Red Raiders to four consecutive seasons with at least 18 wins (1998-2001) in Big 12 play - marking one of only three times in league history for a program (Texas, 5 - 2000-2004; Baylor, 4 - 1997-2000).
- Mentored 36 All-Southwest Conference selections, 18 All-Big 12 first team picks, 14 consensus All-Americans and six USA Baseball National Collegiate Team members.
- Coached 96 players at Texas Tech who were drafted or signed a professional contract with an Major League Baseball organization.
- Hays coached 20 players at Texas Tech that have since made their MLB debuts.
- He became the first collegiate baseball coach in the state to be inducted into the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001. He joined an induction class that included Will Clark, Doug Drabek and Ruben Sierra to name a few.
- Became just the fourth head baseball coach in NCAA history to collect 1,500 career wins.
- Had #27 Texas Tech jersey retired on March 23, 2009.
- 2001 inductee into the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame.
- Second longest tenured head coach (22 years) in Texas Tech University history (Marsha Sharp – WBB – 24 years).