Brannon Hays

Brannon  Hays

Last College:
Cal Lutheran, '93; US Sports Aca., '05

Assistant Coach

4th Season


Inside the Lions: Brannon Hays

LMU Sports Network continues its Inside the Lions look at the LMU basketball staff with Director of Operations Brannon Hays.


Hays Named Director of Operations

Brannon Hays has been named Director of Men's Basketball Operations by Coach Mike Dunlap.


MBB | A Global Reach

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.


MBB | Inside the Lions with Brannon Hays

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.


MBB vs. UC Riverside - Nov. 15, 2017

LMU Men's Basketball vs. UC Riverside


MBB | LMU at Santa Clara

West Coast Conference action from Leavey Center in Santa Clara, Calif. on Jan. 21, 2017


MBB | LMU at Colorado State

Non-conference basketball from Fort Collins, Colo., and Moby Arena on Dec. 19, 2016


MBB | LMU vs. Pepperdine

Senior Day and the Wells Fargo PCH Cup at Gersten Pavilion


MBB | LMU at San Francisco

West Coast Conference action from War Memorial on Jan. 14, 2016

Brannon Hays, a Southern California native with nine years experience as a college Head Coach, is in his fourth season with LMU men's basketball program in 2017-18. He served as the Director of Basketball Operations the first two seasons and was moved to assistant coach for the 2016-17 season.

"This is an exciting opportunity 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 was so much to be excited about in coming to LMU that first year. I am excited to get back on the floor and back to recruiting in this new role. I am really looking forward to working with the guys in a new capacity."

Hays spent the 2013-14 season as an assistant coach with John Peterson, who was also an assistant with the Lions the first two seasons, at Ohlone College. 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 is invaluable to the LMU program. He has earned the opportunity to get back on the floor and coach, and this will only move us forward in the future."

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.

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 Jose 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 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.

The Hays File

Coaching Experience
2014-present LMU, Dir. of Operations
2013-14 Ohlone College, Assistant Coach
2011-13 San Jose St., Women's Basketball Assistant Coach
2010-11 Mullen High School, Head Coach
2006-10 Metropolitan State College of Denver, Head Coach
2005-06 Metropolitan State College of Denver, Assistant Coach
2000-05 Colorado Christian University, Head Coach
1997-00 Metropolitan State College of Denver, Assistant Coach
1995-96 Adelaide 36ers, Assistant Coach
1995-96 Norwood Basketball Club, Head Coach
1992-95 California Lutheran University, Assistant Coach
Education: Southwest College (1990), A.A. in Science
California Lutheran (1993), B.S. in Computer Information Systems
United States Sports Academy (2005), M.S. in Sport Coaching
Family: Wife - Lori. Children: Harrison, Adison


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