LMU Sports Network continues its Inside the Lions look at the LMU basketball staff with Director of Operations Brannon Hays.
Brannon Hays has been named Director of Men's Basketball Operations by Coach Mike Dunlap.
Showing its reach across the globe, LMU continued its tour while sending back some well wishes as they spent their final day in Madrid before flying to Barcelona on Sunday morning. The Lions had a full pre game practice, followed by the coaches participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. They then took on the Angola National Team, who is participating in the upcoming FIBA World Championships in Spain.
The LMU Sports Network continues its Inside the Lions look at the new men's basketball coaching staff with Director of Operations Brannon Hays. With success at multiple levels of college basketball, Hays brings more than 21 years of experience to the LMU program.
West Coast Conference game at War Memorial Gymnasium in San Francisco
West Coast Conference action from Leavey Center in Santa Clara
West Coast Conference action on New Year's Day
LMU Men's Basketball season opener, first game under Head Coach Mike Dunlap
Head Coach Mike Dunlap's return to LMU in an exhibition game at Gersten Pavilion.
Brannon Hays, a Southern California native with nine years experience as a college Head Coach, has been named the Director of Basketball Operations for LMU men's basketball, Head Coach Mike Dunlap announced on Saturday, Mar. 15.
"I am really excited for this opportunity, excited to be working with Coach Dunlap again, and excited to be back in Southern California," said Hays, who grew up in San Diego watching the West Coast Conference as a kid. "There is so much to be excited about in coming to LMU. I get to be back in Southern California, I get a chance to be part of a great basketball conference in the WCC. This is a great opportunity."
Hays spent the 2013-14 season as an assistant coach with John Peterson at Ohlone College. Peterson is also joining Dunlap's staff as the top assistant. Prior to the season Ohlone, Hays was an assistant coach at San Jose State for the women's basketball team form 2011-13.
""I am very fortunate to have Brannon join our staff," said Dunlap. "He brings experience from many different levels, including very successful experience as a head coach. I have known him a very long time, his work ethic and devotion to his team will be invaluable to the LMU program."
Prior to moving back to California, Hayes was a head coach for nine seasons in Colorado. In nine seasons as a head coach at Metro State College of Denver (2007-10) and Colorado Christian University (2001-05), Hays' teams recorded six winning seasons and appeared in three NCAA Division II Championship tournaments. His overall major college head coaching record is 156-105 (.598).
At Metro State, the Roadrunners recorded a 98-27 win-loss record, won two Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) regular-season championships, three RMAC tournament titles and participated in the 2007, 2009 and 2010 NCAA Division II Championship tournaments. He was the 2009 RMAC East Division Coach of the Year after Metro State posted a 27-4 win-loss record.
"I have been fortunate to gain a lot of experience in building successful programs," said Hays. "I have been part of staffs and programs that have built successful programs and I am excited to bring that to LMU."
At Colorado Christian University during the 2001 through 2005 seasons, he breathed life into a dormant program. After three seasons winning just 20 games, the Cougars won 19 games in each of his final two seasons. The 38 wins are the most in a two-year span in Colorado Christian men's basketball history.
Between his two head coaching stints, Hays was an assistant coach twice for Coach Dunlap and the Metro State men's program. In each of his four seasons as an assistant (1998-2000, 2006), the Roadrunners competed in the NCAA Tournament and were the 2000 NCAA Division II national champion.
Hays went to San José State after coaching boys basketball at Mullen High in Denver, Colo., for the 2011 season.
The 1993 California Lutheran University graduate majored in Computer Information Systems and minored in Physical Education. His first experience with Coach Dunlap was when he played for him as a junior and senior year as a forward for the Kingsmen. Hays has a Masters of Sports Science degree in Sport Coaching from the United States Sports Academy.
A native of Chula Vista, Calif., Hays and his wife, Lori, have two children, Harrison and Adison.
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