Shanon Hays begins his second season as an associate head coach at the University of Houston. As an associate head coach, Hays contributes in all phases of the basketball program and assists with recruiting players.
Last year, he helped Houston sign one of the nation's top 15 recruiting classes. Hays also helped the Cougars win 18 games and play in a postseason tournament for the first time in three seasons.
Hays came to Houston after compiling a 107-42 record as collegiate head coach, and a 157-57 overall record as head coach. In 2003-04, Hays was named the Region V and Western Junior College Athletic Conference Coach of the Year after leading Midland College to a 30-7 record and a third-place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament in his only season at the school. Midland also won the Region V and WJCAC championships before going 3-1 in the NJCAA Tournament. The Chaparrals only loss came against top-ranked Redlands Community College.
Hays went to Midland after serving one year as the Director of Athletics at Abilene Christian University, where he had been a highly successful coach from 1996-99.
In between, he served as an assistant coach at Texas Tech University, where among the many players he recruited, was 2003-04 All-American and three-time All-Big 12 performer Andre Emmett.
In his three seasons as head coach at Abilene Christian, Hays produced a 58-26 record and led the Wildcats to the NCAA Division II "Sweet 16" in 1998-99. It was the furthest that Abilene Christian had advanced in the NCAA Tournament since the late 1960s. In his three seasons, the Wildcats had records of 15-12 in 1996-97, 22-6 in 1997-98 and 21-8 in 1998-99. He began his collegiate head coaching career at Frank Phillips College in 1995-96 and earned WJCAC Coach of the Year honors after leading the Plainsmen to a 19-9 record.
Hays went to Frank Phillips after spending three seasons in the high school coaching ranks. He also was a volunteer assistant coach at Texas Tech in 1991-92.
The son of Texas Tech baseball coach Larry Hays, he was a three-year letterman in baseball for the Red Raiders before graduating from Lubbock Christian University in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in history. Hays was a letterman on LCU's baseball and basketball teams in 1987 before transferring to Texas Tech.
Hays and his wife, Tina, have three children: sons, Hunter and Heath, and a daughter, Hampton.
He is part of a coaching family. His father is still the head baseball coach at Texas Tech, and his brother, Daren, has served as his assistant coach for the Red Raiders since 2000 after spending eight seasons as the head baseball coach at Lubbock Christian University.