Tandem Mays is in her third season as an assistant coach at Nebraska in 2018-19 and is a long-time assistant to Husker head coach Amy Williams. Mays is in her 11th season as an assistant for Williams, after spending two seasons playing for her at Tulsa.
In 2017-18, Mays helped the Huskers produce the nation's top turnaround with 14 more wins than 2016-17. The Big Red qualified for the NCAA Tournament after tying for third in the Big Ten standings. NU also advanced to the Big Ten semifinals.
Statistically, Nebraska led the Big Ten with a school-record field goal percentage defense (.371), while also leading the conference in three-point field goal percentage defense (.299). The Huskers improved by 12.7 points per game defensively over the 2016-17 campaign and were six points per game better on the offensive end. Nebraska also shattered the school three-point record with 250, and the school blocked shot record with 163.
Mays, who focused much of her time with the Nebraska guards, helped sophomore point guard Hannah Whitish claim second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2017-18. Whitish led the Huskers in scoring (12.6 ppg), assists (4.7 apg), steals (1.3 spg) and three-pointers made (73). Whitish also ranked among the top guards in the Big Ten with her 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Mays also played a role in Nebraska signing back-to-back top-20 recruiting classes in her first two seasons in Lincoln. Kate Cain and Taylor Kissinger, both 2017-18 freshmen, combined to average 20 points and 11 rebounds in their first season, while Cain earned a spot on the Big Ten All-Freshman Team.
Nebraska's second straight top-20 class includes Iowa all-stater Ashtyn Veerbeek, Indiana star Leigha Brown and Minnesota high school standouts Sam Haiby and Kayla Mershon.
Before joining Williams at Nebraska, Mays spent two seasons as a full-time assistant with Williams at South Dakota. In those two seasons, USD won a pair of Summit League regular-season titles and averaged 29 victories per year. In 2015-16, The Coyotes finished with a 32-6 overall record that culminated with a 2016 Postseason WNIT crown.
Mays also served as a graduate assistant at South Dakota under Williams in 2012-13 and 2013-14. Mays helped USD to an appearance in the 2014 NCAA Tournament after rolling to the Summit League Tournament title.
Overall, Mays helped lead South Dakota to four consecutive postseason tournament appearances, while averaging 24 victories per season. She also helped guide the Coyotes to four straight trips to the Summit League Tournament title game.
Mays' commitment to Coach Williams dates back even further. Mays spent four seasons on the Rogers State staff led by Williams from 2008-09 to 2011-12. Mays was a part of two trips to the NAIA Tournament by the Hillcats, including a run to the NAIA Elite Eight in 2012.
During her stay on the Rogers State staff, Mays helped the Hillcats to an 84-47 overall record while assisting with on-court skill development of the team's guards, recruiting, scouting and academic development.
Mays was a four-year member of the Tulsa women's basketball program from 2003-04 through 2006-07. A three-year starter, Mays played for a Golden Hurricane staff that included Williams as an assistant coach in 2005-06 and 2006-07. As a junior in 2005-06, Mays helped the Golden Hurricane claim its first Conference USA regular-season and tournament titles and advance to the NCAA Tournament. Tulsa won its first-ever NCAA Tournament game and finished with a 26-6 overall record. Mays served as a team captain as a senior in 2006-07.
Mays was originally recruited by Coach Williams when Mays was a player at Fort Smith (Ark.) Northside High School, and Williams was an assistant coach at Oklahoma State.
Mays earned her bachelor's degree from Tulsa as an exercise and sport science major in 2007.