#21 Tim Hays
Coach Tim Hays leads Colorado Christian University to unlikely women’s basketball championship
When Tim Hays took over the women’s basketball program at Colorado Christian University prior to the 2008 season, he entered a program with incredible challenges and a history of losing records. In fact, the team had averaged 5.8 wins per season in the five years previous to Hays’ arrival including a dismal 1-26 record during the 2003-04 season.
But after challenging his first group of players to play for God’s glory, the team went on an incredible four-year journey that culminated with the 2012 National Christian College Athletic Association championship.
In that tournament, CCU defeated the top two seeds and overcame a 9-0 deficit in the championship game by responding with a 30-2 run of its own. According to Hays, there was no other explanation for the team’s success but the powerful combination of hard work and God’s providence.
“We relied one hundred percent on God for the results,” Hays says. “He has used this story to give us the opportunity to lead people to Christ. This is God’s deal and it’s all about giving Him the glory.”