Brock Hays enters his second season as the Bulldogs running backs coach after Louisiana Tech head football coach Skip Holtz announced his hiring on Jan. 23, 2019.
In his first season at LA Tech, Hays coached Second Team All-Conference USA selection Justin Henderson who became the 13th running back in program history to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season. Henderson led the Bulldogs on the ground with 188 carries for 1,062 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns. His 15 rushing TDs led C-USA and tied for the seventh most in a single season in school history.
Hays was part of a 2019 teams that went 10-3 overall, marking the first time a LA Tech squad reached double-digit victories since 1984. The 10th victory came in the 2019 Walk On's Independence Bowl as the Bulldogs shut out the Miami Hurricanes, 14-0, in Shreveport. It was the first shutout in Independence Bowl history and the only shutout of the 2019 bowl season. Henderson was named the Independence Bowl Outstanding Offensive Player after carrying the ball a career-high 22 times for 95 yards.
Hays joined the LA Tech staff with more than a decade of coaching experience under his belt and a successful background when it came to recruiting in the state of Louisiana and surrounding areas.
Hays spent one season on the Southern Miss staff in 2018 as the tight ends coach after spending the previous two seasons as the running backs coach for Nicholls State.
In his only season with the Golden Eagles, Hays was also responsible for recruiting southeastern and central Louisiana, the Mississippi coast, southern Georgia and Chicago. Hays also organized practice sessions, coordinated the run scheme and evaluated game film.
During his time at Nicholls State, Hays helped lead the Colonels to the 2017 FCS Playoffs, just its fourth in program history and first since 2005. That same season, Nicholls ranked 19th nationally among FCS programs with an average of 200.3 rushing yards per game.
In 2016, Hays enjoyed much success in his first campaign as running backs coach for the Colonels, despite his group totaling only 10 career carries heading into the season. Led by a converted defensive back, C.J. Okpalobi, and two freshmen – Dontrell Taylor and Kyran Irvin, the Colonels averaged 162.9 yards rushing and 23 touchdowns. The trio combined for five 100-yard games that season under Hays’ guidance.
Hays joined the staff at Nicholls after coaching one season at Louisiana College as the defensive line coach, pro scouting liaison and academic liaison for the Wildcats. Hays was also responsible for recruiting the New Orleans area while on staff at Louisiana College.
Prior to coaching in the college ranks, Hays served as the assistant head coach, assistant defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at Edna Karr High School in his hometown of New Orleans from 2014-2015.
Hays also acted in a similar role at Edna Karr from 2010-2013 before taking the defensive coordinator position at Miller McCoy Academy in New Orleans for the 2013-2014 school year. Prior to his first stint at Edna Karr, Hays started his coaching career in 2004 as an offensive line coach at Helen Cox High School in Harvey, Louisiana, before switching over to the defensive side of the ball in 2007 when he accepted a job as the defensive line coach at New Iberia Senior High School.
In 2008, Hays returned to his college stomping ground for a stint as the defensive line coach and assistant defensive coordinator at Grambling High School. In addition to more than a decade of coaching experience, Hays also served as a recruiting coordinator for New Orleans and California area high schools.
Hays is a 2009 graduate of Grambling State University where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. He and his wife, the former Lekeshia Williams, have a daughter, Lilah and a son, Braylonn.
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