Nov 7, 2011
Dan Hays Is All-Time Winningest Coach In Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 5, 2011) – Oklahoma Christian University’s Dan Hays is No. 1 when it comes to wins recorded by a men’s basketball coach exclusively at an Oklahoma school.

Hays’ Eagles beat Central Bible College (Mo.) 75-48 on Saturday afternoon in their season opener, raising his career record to 663-387. Hays eclipsed the record he shared with legendary Southeastern Oklahoma State University coach Bloomer Sullivan, who posted 662 wins at the Durant school. Another legend, former Oklahoma State University coach Henry Iba, is third on the list with 655 wins.

“It’s an honor to have my name mentioned along with coach Sullivan and coach Iba, Hays said. I’d like to have won a few more games, just like I think every coach could’ve. But I’ve been able to do it the way I choose to do it, with good kids and good students and graduating almost all of them.”

After the win – which came in the Eagles’ annual homecoming game – the university held a celebration ceremony with a video that included congratulatory messages from many of Hays’ former players and colleagues.

Those contributing to the video included local award-winning sportscaster Bob Barry Jr., well-known basketball author Jerry Krause – for whom Hays once worked as an assistant at Eastern Washington University – and University of Oklahoma women’s coach Sherri Coale, who arrived as a student at Oklahoma Christian in the fall of 1983, just as Hays was starting his long tenure at OC.

While playing for OC’s women’s basketball team, Coale often stayed after her team’s workouts to watch Hays conduct the Eagles’ practices. Coale, who’s guided the Sooners to three Final Four appearances, credits Hays with teaching her how to coach basketball.

“I’ve been fortunate in this profession to see a lot of people do it, Coale said in the video. I want you to know, and I want all the people watching to know, nobody in this country does it better than Dan Hays.”

Hays also was presented with a jukebox and a plaque commemorating the record-setting win by OC athletic director Curtis Janz, who served for two decades as an assistant coach for Hays.

“I’m usually not speechless, but this is nice, Hays said. This is just very humbling. Hopefully I’ve got a few more good ones in me. It’s a great day and I’ll always remember it.”

Hays, a native of Albuquerque, N.M., starred as a player at Eastern New Mexico University. As a coach, he went 71-68 in five seasons at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva before moving to Oklahoma Christian.

He’s in his 29th season in charge of the Eagles and after Saturday’s win has a 592-319 mark at the university in north Oklahoma City. OC honored Hays this past April by naming the court inside the Eagles’ Nest “Dan Hays Court.”

Hays is a seven-time conference coach of the year winner. He’s had only five losing seasons while at OC and guided the Eagles to a 30-6 mark during the 1988-89 season. He’s guided the Eagles to the NAIA Division I national tournament eight times, reaching the second round on five occasions.

Among his former players are two NAIA players of the year: Jay Mauck (1998-99 season) and Jarred Merrill (2004-05 season). Dozens of his former players and assistant coaches have gone on to become head coaches at the high school and collegiate levels.

Outside of OC, Hays has dedicated his life to basketball, spending years working as the NAIA representative to USA Basketball’s Men’s Collegiate Committee. As an assistant coach on various USA Basketball teams, he’s worked with (among others) current Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger, Syracuse University head coach Jim Boeheim and former Oklahoma head coach Kelvin Sampson.

Dan Hays Is All-Time Winningest Coach In Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 5, 2011) – Oklahoma Christian University’s Dan Hays is No. 1 when it comes to wins recorded by a men’s basketball coach exclusively at an Oklahoma school.

Hays’ Eagles beat Central Bible College (Mo.) 75-48 on Saturday afternoon in their season opener, raising his career record to 663-387. Hays eclipsed the record he shared with legendary Southeastern Oklahoma State University coach Bloomer Sullivan, who posted 662 wins at the Durant school. Another legend, former Oklahoma State University coach Henry Iba, is third on the list with 655 wins.

“It’s an honor to have my name mentioned along with coach Sullivan and coach Iba, Hays said. I’d like to have won a few more games, just like I think every coach could’ve. But I’ve been able to do it the way I choose to do it, with good kids and good students and graduating almost all of them.”

After the win – which came in the Eagles’ annual homecoming game – the university held a celebration ceremony with a video that included congratulatory messages from many of Hays’ former players and colleagues.

Those contributing to the video included local award-winning sportscaster Bob Barry Jr., well-known basketball author Jerry Krause – for whom Hays once worked as an assistant at Eastern Washington University – and University of Oklahoma women’s coach Sherri Coale, who arrived as a student at Oklahoma Christian in the fall of 1983, just as Hays was starting his long tenure at OC.

While playing for OC’s women’s basketball team, Coale often stayed after her team’s workouts to watch Hays conduct the Eagles’ practices. Coale, who’s guided the Sooners to three Final Four appearances, credits Hays with teaching her how to coach basketball.

“I’ve been fortunate in this profession to see a lot of people do it, Coale said in the video. I want you to know, and I want all the people watching to know, nobody in this country does it better than Dan Hays.”

Hays also was presented with a jukebox and a plaque commemorating the record-setting win by OC athletic director Curtis Janz, who served for two decades as an assistant coach for Hays.

“I’m usually not speechless, but this is nice, Hays said. This is just very humbling. Hopefully I’ve got a few more good ones in me. It’s a great day and I’ll always remember it.”

Hays, a native of Albuquerque, N.M., starred as a player at Eastern New Mexico University. As a coach, he went 71-68 in five seasons at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva before moving to Oklahoma Christian.

He’s in his 29th season in charge of the Eagles and after Saturday’s win has a 592-319 mark at the university in north Oklahoma City. OC honored Hays this past April by naming the court inside the Eagles’ Nest “Dan Hays Court.”

Hays is a seven-time conference coach of the year winner. He’s had only five losing seasons while at OC and guided the Eagles to a 30-6 mark during the 1988-89 season. He’s guided the Eagles to the NAIA Division I national tournament eight times, reaching the second round on five occasions.

Among his former players are two NAIA players of the year: Jay Mauck (1998-99 season) and Jarred Merrill (2004-05 season). Dozens of his former players and assistant coaches have gone on to become head coaches at the high school and collegiate levels.

Outside of OC, Hays has dedicated his life to basketball, spending years working as the NAIA representative to USA Basketball’s Men’s Collegiate Committee. As an assistant coach on various USA Basketball teams, he’s worked with (among others) current Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger, Syracuse University head coach Jim Boeheim and former Oklahoma head coach Kelvin Sampson.






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