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Former Oklahoma Christian coach Dan Hays due national honor

Legendary Oklahoma Christian men’s basketball coach Dan Hays will receive a national award this weekend.

The National Association of Basketball Coaches has selected him as one of this year’s recipients of its Guardians of the Game award. First presented in 2002, the awards recognize coaches who have a considerable impact on their players and their communities and are considered among the most prestigious given by the coaches’ association.

Hays, who stepped down a year ago after a 38-year career at Oklahoma Christian, will be honored Sunday in Phoenix along with Lanny Van Eman, who has coached collegiately, professionally and internationally; T.J. Otzelberger, the coach at South Dakota State; and Gary McKnight, the coach at Mater Dei High School in California.

Previous Guardian of the Game award winners include Kansas coach Bill Self and former Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan.

"I am honored and humbled by the NABC selecting me for this award," Hays said in a release from Oklahoma Christian. "I have always tried to be more than just a basketball coach everywhere I worked."

Hays, who went 724-470 at Oklahoma Christian, won more games at an Oklahoma university than any other coach. He now coaches at Solid Rock Basketball, a private basketball training facility in Edmond.

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To read more about Hays' career and why he left Oklahoma Christian: http://newsok.com/article/5481258

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