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Shanon Hays resigns from post as Tech softball coach

Tech confirmed it will honor the final year of Hays' contract

Posted: May 13, 2014 - 10:35am  |  Updated: May 14, 2014 - 12:17am
Texas Tech softball coach Shanon Hays will bid farewell to the final members of his first recruiting class. (FILE)  Geoffrey McAllister
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Texas Tech softball coach Shanon Hays will bid farewell to the final members of his first recruiting class. (FILE)
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Texas Tech softball coach Shanon Hays resigned Tuesday morning, according to school officials.

Tech confirmed it will honor the final year of Hays' contract that runs through June 30, 2015 and pays $130,000.

The winningest coach in program history, Hays just completed his fifth season at Tech where he accumulated a record of 186-96.

“I have enjoyed very much my tenure here at Tech and I am confident the administration here will find a coach that will continue the winning tradition my staff and I have been able to establish,”  Hays said in a press release.  “I am very thankful to have coached all the great student-athletes that have been in our program the last five years as well as my awesome staff. I wish the very best to all the coaches in the department and I am thankful to have been a part of it all.”

Hays led the program to five straight 30-win seasons, joining Oklahoma and Texas as the only teams to do so in the Big 12.

The season before Hays took over, Texas Tech was 15-42. In 2010, he led Tech to a 38-18 record and a postseason appearance.

Under Hays, the Red Raiders advanced to the NCAA Regional three times — 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Before his first season, Tech hadn’t advanced to the NCAA tournament since 2001.

Overall, Hays compiled a .660 winning percentage at Tech.

This year, Hays picked up his 300th win when the Red Raiders defeated Iowa State in the third game to clinch the series.

Hays recorded 114 wins during his time at Lubbock Christian University where he coached the three seasons before his arrival at Tech.

He led LCU to the NAIA national championship in only the program's first year of existence.

"I would like to thank Coach Hays for his service to Texas Tech," Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt said. "I wish him the best."

A national search to find Hays' replacement is underway.



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God Speed

Coach Hays. Thank you for your hard work at TTU.


OK thanks for your hard work

But AJ why? What is the story here?


Investigative Journalism?

It is indeed almost unheard of that a winning coach at a very good program in a great conference quits his job without announcing that he is going elsewhere. The flip side of the coin is that a scandal is brewing, and behind closed doors the administration and coach have reached a deal. In this case, the fact that the AJ has no taken no initiative and made no investigation into why such a well-liked and respected coach suddenly leaves is stunning. He will be very hard to replace. Having grown up in Lubbock, I never thought that he would leave.



I could not agree with you more. I was also surprised that a winning head coach's salary was as low as it is. Perhaps that has something to do with the problem (Pure speculation on my part). However, I, like you, would have thought the story line would be something like "Coach leaves to become coach at wherever".

I have a feeling something is about to break and this is the preparation for the next story.



Sounds like a forced resignation

Could it have been his public criticism of the NCAA selection committee?

They were wrong and let their computer do the selecting

If he was forced to resign perhaps Kirby should be the next one to leave.



Coach is quitting because he chooses to. It is nobody's business WHY he is leaving.

And the AJ conducting an investigative report is just stupid. If it fell into the lap of the "editor", he would have to move someone to pick it up.



You are delusional my friend. When a public figure (in this case, at least in the Lubbock area) does something highly unexpected or unusual, it is NOT just their business (hence the word public). If the local media just lets this lie, then they are falling far short of any reasonable expectations in keeping the public informed.

And BTW, as a sports fan (local or otherwise), if this doesn't pique your interest, then I don't know what to make of you.

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