Ryan Hays joined the UMKC track and field staff as an assistant coach in February of 2016. Hays will coach vertical jumps, specializing in the pole vault. Prior to joining the UMKC staff, Hays was a volunteer assistant pole vault coach at his alma mater, the University of Kansas from 2010-2014, where he assisted with one NCAA Indoor National Champion, one Big 12 team championship, one NCAA National Champion team, and two NCAA National Championship runner-ups.
While an athlete at KU, Hays was an NCAA qualifier in the pole vault and was an Big 12 Conference scorer.
His father, Tom Hays, is the associate head track and field coach at KU.