Lori Hays, former assistant athletic director of operations and event management, died Oct. 25 following a two and a half year battle with a brain tumor (glioblastoma multiforme). She started in the athletic department in 1985 and served in many capacities until May 2011, when she was diagnosed with cancer.
Lori requested a party in lieu of a funeral. A celebration of her life will be held from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Barber Park Event Center.
In her position as assistant athletic director for operations she assisted in game management of all sports, helped oversee conference and championship events, and assisted with special events including rental and community use of Bronco Stadium and the Caven-Williams Indoor Sports Complex.
“Lori was a great lady who loved her family, the Boise community, Boise State University and the Broncos,” said Max Corbett, assistant athletic director of communications. “She was a lady with an incredibly big heart who touched everyone she met in a positive way. She always lit up any room she entered, and was always there to help everyone. Lori was one of the first people I met when I started working at Boise State and I can truly say I’m a better person for having worked with her and being able to call her my friend for the past 28 years.”
Lori earned her bachelor’s degree in communication from Boise State in 1983 and went on to earn a master’s degree in management from the University of Phoenix. Before joining the Bronco staff she was a reporter, news anchor and promotions director at KFXD Radio in Boise. She graduated from Bishop Kelly High School in Boise in 1980.
She leaves behind her husband James and their two sons, Tim and Pat.