May 26, 2011
NORMAL, Ala. - The Director of Athletics at Alabama A&M University has announced that 16 year assistant coach Willie Hayes has been hired as the next head coach in the Bulldog men’s basketball program.
The Bulldogs have won over 250 games since Hayes joined the Bulldog staff. One of the best point guards to ever play for A&M, Hayes thrilled Bulldog fans with his pinpoint passing and deadly shooting. He held the school record for career assists with 669 until Craig Lottie surpassed the mark in 1997, by just four.
Still, Hayes will always be known for his fantastic performances on the court. In 116 games as a player in the Bulldog program, Hayes averaged 14.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 2.0 steals per game. He shot 47.4 percent from the floor, 35.3 percent from three-point range and 62.2 percent from the free throw line for his career. During his senior season, Hayes averaged 24 points, seven assists, and five rebounds per outing. Total, he tallied 1,688 points in the Maroon & White.
His collegiate coach during his freshman season was Ben Jobe in 1985-86. From 1986-89 L. Vann Pettaway was Hayes mentor and leader on and off the court.
He earned All-SIAC and All-American honors in 1988 and 1989. He was a member of the SIAC All-Tournament team in 1989. Hayes was also named SIAC Player of the Year in 1989. During that year, Hayes was named A&M Male Athlete of the Year. He was the 1989 Mayor’s Cup Classic MVP and he was a member of the 1989Extra Point Club All-American Team. For his efforts and accomplishments on the floor, Hayes was inducted into the Alabama A&M Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.