William "Bill" Hayes
An alumnus of North Carolina Central University, Hayes played four seasons as a center in football, earning three All-American citations before graduating in 1965 with a degree in Physical Education. In 1976, Hayes became the Head Football Coach at Winston-Salem State University. During his 12 seasons at WSSU, the Rams captured three CIAA Championships (1977, 1978 and 1987), including back-to-back undefeated regular season marks in 1977 and 1978 and posted an overall record of 89-40-2. In 1988, Hayes was hired at North Carolina A&T State University, and guided the Aggies to three MEAC titles, two NCAA Division I-AA playoff appearances and an overall record of 106-64-0 in 15 seasons. During his 27-year career as a collegiate head coach, Hayes accumulated a 195-104-2 overall record which established himself as the winningest coach at both Winston-Salem State and North Carolina A&T. Hayes has more career victories (195) than any other college football head coach in the state of North Carolina. Hayes has continued his athletic career as Athletic Director at NC Central, Florida A&M and Winston-Salem State.