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Jane Hays is entering her fourth season as assistant coach for the Fillies. Hays comes to Panola following two successful seasons as an assistant at East Texas Baptist University, where she aided former Panola volleyball standout and current ETBU Head Coach Lyndsay Simpson Mashe in bringing in the program’s top recruiting class in 2012 and again in 2013 by adding players from some of the premiere club programs in Texas.
In her first three seasons at Panola she has helped produce several All-Conference selections. Most recent being 1st Team All-Conference selection Morgan Currie and Second Team honoree Ana Carolina Oliveira. Oliveira was also named to the Region XIV All-Tournament team and Currie was named conference “Libero of the Year.” In 2014, she helped lead former Fillies players Kennedi Coleman, Justine Luis and Nathali Chaves to 1st Team All-Conference honors. Luis led the conference in digs per set, while Coleman was named a 1st Team All-American and finished as one of the most decorated Fillies volleyball players in program history.
In her two seasons with ETBU, Hays primarily worked with the team’s outside hitters and defense; coaching five all-conference selections during that time.
Hays was also a student-athlete for ETBU from 2006-2009, and a four-time All-American Southwest Conference East Division selection. The Tigers won or shared two ASC East Division titles during her career and advanced to the postseason every year during that span with Hays serving as a valuable team leader both on and off the court. Hays’ awards were not limited to just her athletic ability; she was a three time All-ASC Academic selection, Distinguished Scholar Athlete selection, and a nominee for the prestigious 2010 NCAA Woman of the Year award.
Serving as a three year captain, Hays is the only player in ETBU volleyball history to rank in the top 10 all-time in kills, digs and aces. She ranks fourth all-time in career kills and digs with 1,432 kills and 1,227 digs, and third all-time in aces with 141.
Hays was also a member of the ETBU softball team from 2006-2008, but decided to focus solely on volleyball when injuries sidelined her in the 2008 season.
The Hereford, Texas native was a three-sport star in high school, competing in volleyball, basketball and softball. An all-state selection in both volleyball and softball, Hays ranks among the top all-time athletes to come from Hereford High School.
Hays has coached several club teams including Young Guns Volleyball Club which was nationally ranked during her time with the team, and now most recently for East Texas Juniors.
Hays graduated Cum Laude from ETBU in 2010 with a B.S.E. in Secondary Education with an emphasis in History.