Bill Hayes going into North Carolina Hall of Fame

Legendary coach says it’s a dream come true.

Bill Hayes will have a busy schedule this year as he has at least two Hall of Fame ceremonies to attend. The 74-year-old former coach for Winston-Salem State and N.C. A&T will be inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame this year.  Announced on Tuesday, Hayes is a part of the 15 member class, who will be inducted in May of this year in Raleigh, N.C.

He should have plenty of time to workshop his acceptance speech because in February Hayes will be inducted into the Black College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

A dream come true

Hayes tells the Winston-Salem Journal that being inducted into his home state’s hall of fame is a special feeling.

“This is a lifetime dream come true,” he said. “This is one of the few things I really wanted and dreamed about.”

Coaching legend

Bill Hayes

Bill Hayes

The resume for Bill Hayes shows why the recognition for his lifetime of achievements continues to roll in.  He has a lifetime coaching record of 195-104-2 and won three championships apiece in the CIAA and MEAC, along with two black college football national championships. He also spent time as an athletic director at North Carolina Central (where he also played in the 1960s), Florida A&M, and WSSU.

By the time summer rolls around Hayes will be in at least seven different halls of fame.  He’s already enshrined in the CIAA, MEAC, N.C. A&T, WSSU, and N.C. Central hall of fame.


2018 North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame Inductees:

Donna Andrews, Golf
Scott Bankhead, Baseball
Hal ‘Skinny’ Brown, Baseball
Chris Cammack, Basball
Joey Cheek, Speed Skating
Wes Chesson, Football
Laura Dupont, Tennis
Mindy Ballou Fitzpatrick, Basketball
Bill Hayes, Football
Jack Holley, Football
Paul Jones, Basketball
Mike Martin, Baseball
Frank ‘Jakie’ May, Baseball
Joe West, Baseball Umpire
Fred Whitfield, Basketball






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