Ryan Hays is in his first season as Alabama’s pole vault and multi-events coach. Hays comes to the Capstone from Missouri-Kansas City, where he spent the previous three seasons as the Kangaroos’ vertical jumps coach.
During his tenure with UMKC, Hays’ vaulters established new school records in the men’s indoor pole vault and the men’s and women’s outdoor pole vault as well as several other marks that rank among the school’s all-time performances in the event. Hays also coached Christy Neil to the 2017 Western Athletic Conference women’s outdoor pole vault championship as the Kangaroos captured the men’s and women’s outdoor team titles that season.
Prior to his stint at UMKC, Hays served as a volunteer assistant pole vault coach at his alma mater, the University of Kansas, from 2010-14. During his tenure in Lawrence, Hays worked with a pair of NCAA pole vault champions – Jordan Scott (2010 NCAA men’s outdoor) and Natalia Bartnovskaya (2013 women’s indoor) and a pair Big 12 men’s pole vault champions – Casey Bowen and Scott.
The Jayhawk women also won the 2013 NCAA outdoor track & field championship as well as back-to-back runner-up finishes at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships and won the 2013 Big 12 indoor crown during his time with the program.
The Independence, Mo., native received his Bachelor of Science in economics from Kansas in 2010, where he was a member of the Jayhawk track & field team. While an athlete at Kansas, Hays was an NCAA qualifier in the pole vault and a two-year team captain under his father, Tom, who is the associate head coach for vertical jumps with the Jayhawks.