Blue Raider legend Joe Black Hayes passes at 98
Legendary coach inducted into Hall of Fame in 1997December 10, 2013 · @MTAthletics
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee legendary coach and administrator Joe Black Hayes passed away at the age of 98 Monday.
Hayes, a native of Murfreesboro, came to Middle Tennessee as an assistant coach under Coach Charles "Bubber" Murphy. As Murphy's right-hand man, Hayes was a line coach and a defensive coordinator who played a part in bringing seven OVC championships, four titles in the Volunteer State Athletic Association and a 133-57-7 record to MT.
In 1950, Hayes founded Middle Tennessee's first wrestling team, it finished second in the Southeastern Tournament in 1954. In establishing the MT Track and Field program in 1955, he launched a tradition of winning runners and jumpers that continues today.
Hayes graduated from the University of Tennessee and spent time as a coach at UT Martin and Cumberland University before arriving to Middle Tennessee. His two sons, Larry ('67-68) and Rodney ('65-68), were both lettermen for the Blue Raider football team. In 1997, Hayes was inducted into the Blue Raider Hall of Fame.
Visitation for Coach Hayes will be this Thursday, Dec. 12 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Woodfin Memorial Chapel in Murfreesboro. The funeral is set for Friday, Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Murfreesboro.
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