Former WSSU Great William "Bill" Hayes Selected for North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame


RALEIGH, NC – Former Winston-Salem State football coach and athletic director William "Bill" Hayes will have to make more room on an already crowded trophy case as he was among the fifteen 2018 inductees selected for the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. Hayes earned the induction after a legendary coaching career that included stints at Winston-Salem State and North Carolina A&T.

Hayes earned the induction after a stellar coaching career. While at Winston-Salem State. He was the Rams' head football coach from 1976-87 where he compiled a, 89-40-2 record with the program and won three Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) championships and seven division championships. The Rams also turned in back-to-back undefeated regular seasons in 1977 and 1978. From Winston-Salem State, Hayes headed to nearby North Carolina A&T to continue his stellar career. He led the Aggies from 1988-2002 and led the team to three Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) championships and two NCAA Division I-AA playoff appearances. HE compiled a 106-64 record with the Aggies.  

The 2018 inductees into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame will be enshrined during the 55th annual induction banquet on the evening of Friday, May 4th at the Raleigh Convention Center. There will be an afternoon news conference held on Thursday, May 3rd at 4:00 p.m. at the North Carolina Museum of History location on 5 East Edenton Street in Raleigh, N.C.

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