Job: Men's Basketball Head Coach

James Hays

James Hays was named Associate Head Coach in July 2022.

James Hays returns for his second stint at Moberly Area CC. James spent 2 years at MACC from 2019-2021. He spent this past season as an assistant coach at Lincoln University.

During his time here at Moberly, Coach Hays helped the hounds to a region 16 championship, as well as District championship and a National Tournament appearance. He helped coach and recruit 8 Division 1 signees.

Prior to arriving at MACC, Hays was the Head Coach at William Woods University. While at William Woods, he led the team to their best season in school history, including a 22-10 team that eventually lost in the conference championship game.

James graduated from Westminster College with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Finance. He went on to earn his master degree at William Woods in Athletic Administration.

James lives in Columbia, Mo. With his wife Markayla and their 2 children, Grayson and Emory.

Darryl Fletcher

Darryl Fletcher enters his 1st season as an assistant coach with the Moberly Area Men’s Basketball Program.

This past season (his 2nd) he was an assistant at Iowa Lakes CC, where he helped the Lakers to a 21-10 record and 4 Lakers named to All-Region Team’s and 1 NJCAA All-American. In his first season at Iowa Lakes he helped them to a 21-8 record, a Region XI Tournament Championship, NJCAA National Tournament 3rd place finish, and 5 Lakers being named to All-Region Team’s and 1 NJCAA All-American.

Prior to that, he was at La Salette Academy, where he was an Athletic Director/Assistant Basketball Coach under NJCAA Hall of Famer John Spezia. Before that, Fletcher was the Assistant Varsity Coach at Allatoona and Discovery High school in Georgia, where he helped led the team to state championship games. Fletcher has also served as the Coach for AC Georgia AAU program which, has had several Division 1 and 2 players.

Darryl was born in Chicago, IL but spent most of his life in Georgia. He is a graduate of Shorter University (BBA) and Georgia State University (MEd).


Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith is no stranger to Greyhound Basketball. He coached the team from 2001-2004 with two national tournament appearances. As head men’s basketball coach and athletic director at MACC, Smith engineered his program to a NJCAA Region 16 Tournament Championship. He mentored freshman Eddie Smith to recognition on the NCJAA Division I All-American Honorable Mention Team.

Smith coached at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, TX from 2006 until coming back to Moberly in 2012.

Before Trinity Valley, he worked as the head men’s basketball coach at Bemidji State in Minnesota for two seasons.

Smith has served as head coach at a variety of colleges, both at the junior college and NCAA levels. He served as a head coach at the community college level for more than 20 years. He began his career at the now-defunct Sue Bennett Junior College in Kentucky.

In 1982, he coached at St. Catharine Junior College in Kentucky and at Lincoln Land Community College and Wabash Valley College in Illinois.

He has also passed through programs in Kansas and Texas in addition to serving as an assistant coach for Division I University of Miami.

Prior to his first stint in Moberly, Smith spent five seasons at Jacksonville Community College in Texas, where he enjoyed four winning seasons and a 78-65 overall record. His 1996-97 team made it to No. 14 in the NJCAA poll. After coaching at Jacksonville for three seasons, he took a year off from the school to be an assistant coach at Miami, where he helped the Hurricanes advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 38 years. He then returned to Jacksonville for two more winning seasons.

Turning around losing programs has been one of Smith’s constant attributes. His 58 wins in three years at St. Catherine followed a two-year span in which the program had just one combined win. At Lincoln Land Community College in Illinois, Smith inherited a program stuck on losing. In his three years there from 1988 to 1991, he averaged 20 wins. In the 27 previous seasons, the team had compiled just one winning campaign. Wabash CC also did not have a winning record the three years prior to Smith’s arrival in 1991. Smith came on board and tallied three 25-win seasons and finished seventh at the NJCAA National Tournament in 1992-93.

Overall, Smith has averaged 22 wins per season since 1991-92 and holds a 401-261 junior college career mark. He is a six-time coach of the year and has received both conference and region honors.  

Fast Facts about Coach Smith

Full Name: Patrick Smith
Hometown: Somerset, Kentucky
Children: Jared(25), Cameron(20), Sloane(16), Scout(5)
Hobbies: Spending time with family, coaching basketball, working out


Coaching History:

1982-85 Sue Bennett Jr. College 30-53 record NLCAA National Tournament(3rd place)
1985-88 St. Catharine Jr. College 55-40 record
1988-91 Lincoln Land CC(Ill.) 59-37 (22 wins last season most in school’s history)
1991-94 Wabash Valley College(Ill.) 85-26 record Won 27, 26 and 29 games 7th place in NJCAA Nationals(1992-93) 9th place in NJCAA Nationals(1993-94) Two Conference Titles(1992-93, 93-94) NJCAA Region Coach of the Year(91-92/92-93) Great Rivers Athletic Conf. Coach of Year(92-92/93-94)
1994-95 Barton Co. Comm. College 21-10
1995-97 Jacksonville College 89-65 1996-97 Team ranked #7 in final national poll
1997-98 University of Miami 18-11 NCAA National Tournament (asst. coach)
2001-04 Moberly Area Comm. College 69-32 5th Place National Tournament(2001-02) Region XVI Championhip(01-02,03-04) Region XVI Regular Season Champs(01-02,03-04) Top 15 National Rankings(01-02, 03-04)
2004-06 Bemidji State University 33-25 2nd and 3rd place Conference finish Conference semis both seasons
2006-12 Trinity Valley Comm. College Conference Champion(2010-11) 91-36 record last four seasons 9th place national ranking in final poll(2010-11) Director of Region Basketball(2010-12) Athletic Director(2010-12) Recorded 500th career victory
Career Record: 566-349