Michael C. Johnson-US PRESSWIRE
Head coach Kliff Kingsbury has named Houston offensive line coach Lee Hays as Texas Tech's new offensive line coach.
Coach: Lee Hays
Position: Offensive Line
Alma Mater: Texas A&M Kingsville
1997-1998: Texas A&M-Kingsville, Tight Ends/Tackles
1999: West Texas A&M, Offensive Line
2000: Texas A&M-Kingsville, Defensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator
2001-2002: Texas A&M-Kingsville, Offensive Line
2003-2005: West Texas A&M, Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
2006: Baylor, Offensive Coordinator
2007: Baylor, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
2010: Houston, Assistant Offensive Line
2011: Tarleton State, Offensive Coordinator
2012: Houston, Offensive Line
Per Mark Berman of Fox26 of Houston, Lee Hays has been hired as the offensive line coach at Texas Tech. Both Eric Morris and Kevin Curtis have been announced as hires, as has strength and conditioning coach Chad Dennis. We'll get to those profiles as soon as possible.
Hays has bounced around and has obviously called plays quite a bit during his time as a coach. That's really interesting. I don't think that Hays will call plays or be the guy in the coach's box, but he will obviously be integral and it certainly helps to have someone that has been around to assist Kingsbury. If you should know anything, it's that coaching is a big fraternity and you try to hire guys that you have some familiarity. On to Hays. Hays got his shot to the big time when he was at West Texas A&M and at that time, West Texas A&M was one of the best in the nation, a trend that really still continues today as they are 12th in their division in total offense. From reading around, he very much learned under Leach, doing the coaching clinics and things of that nature, trying to absorb as much as possible.
Hays was then named as offensive coordinator prior at Baylor under Guy Morris. That obviously didn't go as well as I'm sure Hays had hoped. I can't find the statistics for 2006, but in 2007, Baylor was 85th in total offense, 27th in passing offense and 113th in rushing offense. He was very much a guy that was going to throw the ball and I don't think the offense was awful, just not good enough. Briles took over Baylor and then there is this period of time where I guess Hays didn't coach at all from 2008 through 2009.
Hays went to Houston to join Kevin Sumlin in 2010 and helped lead an offensive line to 61st in rushing and 15th in sacks allowed. I can't figure out why he left Houston, or maybe Houston left him in 2011, but he was hired at Tarleton and he really did help turn around that offense.
Prior to his arrival in 2010, Tarleton was 109th in total offense, 75th in passing offense, 119th in rushing offense and 52nd in sacks allowed. Pretty significant jumps when he was hired (I have no idea if there was a new offensive coordinator) Tarleton was 56th in total offense, 15th in passing offense, 121st in rushing offense and 46th in sacks allowed. That's a pretty big jump.
Last year, Hays was part of a Houston offense that really struggled out of the gate offensively as I think the coordinator was fired two or three games into the season. Hays' offense still produced pretty nicely after losing Case Keenum last year, as the Cougars were 74th in rushing, 10th in passing, 18th in total offense and 43rd in sacks allowed. If anyone has any thoughts on Hays' time at West Texas A&M, I'd love to hear them.