Hays Becomes Winningest Coach in State History

OC’s Dan Hays is No. 1 when it comes to wins recorded by a men’s basketball coach exclusively at an Oklahoma school.

Hays’ Eagles beat Central Bible (Mo.) 75-48 on Homecoming Saturday, raising his career record to 663-387. 

He eclipsed the record he shared with former Southeastern Oklahoma State coach Bloomer Sullivan; legendary Oklahoma State coach Henry Iba is third on the list with 655 wins.

“It’s an honor to have my name mentioned along with coach Sullivan and coach Iba,” Hays said. “I’d like to have won a few more games, just like I think every coach could’ve. But I’ve been able to do it the way I choose to do it, with good kids and good students and graduating almost all of them.”

The seven-time conference coach of the year ended the season on a high note, too. He led the Eagles to the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament championship and the ninth NAIA national tournament appearance in his 29-year tenure.

Lady Eagle basketball coach Stephanie Findley (82) holds the state record for most wins by a women’s basketball coach at a four-year Oklahoma college. With 521 career wins, she ranks No. 2 in the nation among NAIA Division I coaches.

Spring 2012

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