A resume filled with outstanding accomplishments, Larry Hays finished his first year as the Colorado Christian head softball coach in 2019.
During the campaign he led the squad to a second-place finish in the RMAC while coaching six all-conference players. Four players earned all-region accolades while one, Stephanie Day, earned All-American honors.
As a collegiate women's softball coach in 2010, Hays led the Lubbock Christian Lady Chaps to a 54-7 record and an NAIA National Championship. He has coached baseball for 15 years at Lubbock Christian and for 21 years at Texas Tech compiling a remarkable 1509-860 record over those years. Additionally, Hays has coached men's & women's basketball at Lubbock Christian and served as their Athletic Director for eight years.
In addition to winning multiple conference and national championships, Hays has received numerous personal awards including the following: Southwest Conference Baseball Coach of the Year, Big 12 Baseball Coach of the Year, NAIA Hall of Fame Inductee, Texas Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee, National College Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee.
Larry and his wife Nell have five children: three boys, two girls, and 11 grandchildren. Ironically, Larry will be coaching in the same region as his two sons Shanon now at Oklahoma Christian and Daron at Lubbock Christian. Two of his grandchildren, Hunter and Heath, play on the Colorado Christian baseball team.
Shelbie Day, a former standout player in the program, will serve as an assistant coach for the 2019-20 season. During the 2018-19 campaign she was a graduate assistant, helping the squad to a runner-up finish during the RMAC regular season. The Cougars went 36-16 overall with a 28-8 mark in conference games. The squad entered the final weekend of the regular with a chance to play for the regular season title.
The native of Elizabeth, Colo. played for the Cougars during the 2017 and 2018 seasons where she played in all but five games while helping the program to a 72-38 record during that time. During Day's senior campaign the team qualified for the NCAA postseason for the second time in school history.
Day earned her undergraduate degree in Accounting.
Graduate Assistant Coach
Kenzie Mattey joins the coaching staff for the 2019-20 season after completing a stellar collegiate career.
After spending her first season at MSU Denver, Mattey transferred to Colorado Christian where she compiled a 51-20 record inside the circle. She was twice named the all-conference team and earned RMAC first-team all-academic honors as a senior. In 2018, she played a critical role in the squad's berth into the NCAA postseason by winning 25 games.
She is working towards her MBA while coaching.