by: Scott McCaulley
The new person who will direct the Branson Football Program has been selected.
Anthony Hays, who has coached at Springfield Parkview the last six years, will take over the program for the retiring Dan Henderson for the 2017 season. Hays helped Parkview to District title games as head coach of the Vikings in 2012 and 2014 and was Ozark Conference Coach of the Year in 2012. Prior to being at Parkview, Hays was head coach at King City.
Complete Press Release Below:
Branson High School has named its new head football coach. Anthony Hays has been selected as the new leader of the football program and was approved at Thursday night’s board of education meeting. He replaces Dan Henderson who announced his retirement in December after spending 29 years in coaching with three of these years as Branson’s head football coach.
Hays is currently the head coach at Parkview High School in Springfield where he just completed his sixth season with the Vikings. While at Parkview, he was named the Springfield Quarterback Club Coach of the Year in 2014 and the Ozark Conference Coach of the Year in 2012. His teams advanced to the district championship games in 2012 and 2014. Prior to Parkview, Hays was head coach at King City from 2008-2011 where he led his teams to three consecutive playoff appearances and won two district championships.
“We are pleased to announce that Anthony Hays has joined our Pirate family,” said David Large, BHS activities director. “He brings energy and fresh ideas to our district and our program. His teams have achieved great success and we look forward to a promising future for Pirate football.”
Hays is a 2005 graduate of Southwest Baptist University and earned a master’s degree in education in 2006. He was a four-year letterman on the football team while at SBU. Hays and his wife Joanna, who is also an educator, have three children, Mia, Luke and Kali. His contract with the district begins July 1.