Ken Hayes

Ken Hayes (born 1931)

Teams coached: Tulsa Golden Hurricane, New Mexico State Aggies, Oral Roberts Eagles, Northeastern State RiverHawks
Tulsa record: 117-69 (.629)
New Mexico State record: 69-46 (.600)
Oral Roberts record: 50-43 (.538)
Northeastern State record^: 228-154 (.597)
Overall record^: 464-312 (.598)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1983-1997 Northeastern State
1979-1982 Oral Roberts
1975-1979 New Mexico State
1968-1975 Tulsa
1965-1968 Tulsa (asst)
1959-1965 Bacone JC

Ken Hayes Facts

  • Ken Hayes
  • Born 1931
  • Hometown: Braggs, Oklahoma
  • Alma Mater: Northeastern State University (BA, 1956)
  • Played at then-NAIA Northeastern State (OK) and got his coaching career started at the HS and JUCO levels
    • Coached for two years at Bradley HS, one year at Stilwell HS and five years at Bacone JC, all in Oklahoma
  • Joined Joe Swank’s staff at Tulsa in 195, working for three seasons as one of his assistants
  • Elevated to head coach in 1968 and went 117-69 over seven seasons at the helm
    • Went to the NIT in his first year and finished above .500 in every season of his tenure
  • Became the head coach at New Mexico State in 1975, going 69-46 in four seasons with the Aggies
  • Returned to his home state in 1979, becoming the first person to be the head men’s coach at both Tulsa and Oral Roberts
    • Compiled an overall record of 50-43 and won 18 games in his two of his three full seasons at the helm, but parted ways with the school eight games into the 1982-83 season
  • In 1983, Hayes was hired by his alma mater, Northeastern State, and led that program for 14 seasons
    • Retired in 1997 with 228 wins at NSU and 464 overall across Division I and NAIA competition
  • Inducted into the Northeastern State Athletics HOF (1999), Tulsa Athletics HOF (2008) and Bacone Athletics HOF (2013)
  • Along with his wife, Jane, has two sons and one daughter

Ken Hayes Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I and NAIA levels only