Daren Hays, entering his eighth season at Texas Tech, works directly with the Red Raider outfielders and hitters. Since joining the Red Raider Staff in 2000, Hays has helped make Texas Tech one of the deadliest offensive attacks in the Big 12 Conference. Texas Tech has ranked in the top four in virtually every offensive category in each of the last seven years under his instruction.
The Texas Tech offense is one of the most potent attacks in the Big 12 Conference and nationally thanks to Hays leadership. Two of the most prolific hitters in school history (Cameron Blair and Josh Brady) were signed by Hays and went on to have All-American seasons as Red Raiders. Last season, Roger Kieschnick became the latest big hitter in the Red Raider arsenal and became the first true freshman at Tech to earn Freshman All-America honors since Josh Bard.
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. 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 number seven NAIA national ranking. He won 40+ games in six of his eight seasons at LCU and won 50+ 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 while 20 of his players were named to the All-Sooner Athletic Conference team in its five years of existence. In 1998, LCU player Keith Hart was named the NAIA National Player of the Year. In eight seasons at LCU, Hays sent 28 players to professional baseball.
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.