June 2, 2008


Hays steps down at Texas Tech, Spencer to take over


Larry Hays had announced that he will step down as head coach at Texas Tech, a position he has held for the past 22 seasons.


Dan Spencer, current associate head coach, was named head coach designate earlier this spring and will be formally introduced as head coach when the details of his contract have been finalized. (click here for Spencer story)


Earlier this spring, Hays joined Augie Garrido of Texas, Gene Stephenson of Wichita State and Mike Martin of Florida State as coaches to compile 1,500 victories. Hays finished with 1,509 wins. Under Hays, the Red Raiders won two regular-season conference championships and two tournament titles. Tech had nine consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including its first ever in 1995. The Red Raiders hosted three regionals at Dan Law Field.


Prior to his arrival at Texas Tech, Hays was the head coach for 16 years at Lubbock Christian University, where he is the career victories leader with 695 and led the Chaps to the 1983 NAIA national championship.


Hays will remain with the Red Raiders for the next four years in a developmental role. He will assist with the renovation of Dan Law Field.


Click here for list of 2008 Division I head coaching changes.