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Alabama A&M finally hires its coach

Posted on: May 26, 2011 1:07 pm
Edited on: May 26, 2011 4:08 pm
Posted by Matt Norlander

Alabama A&M announced the news of its head-coaching hire Thursday morning, a search that lasted more than two months.

Willie Hayes, a 16-year assistant and former starting point guard with the program, will be the new head coach of the Bulldogs, who reside in the Southwest Atlantic Conference. Hayes is replacing a legend in Hunstville. L. Vann Pettaway had been the coach of Alabama A&M since 1986, when he was given the job as a 29-year-old, when A&M was a D-II program. The Bulldogs have been a D-I team since 1999.

In his playing days, Hayes averaged 14.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 2 steals per game. Pettaway coached Hayes and his teammates to the 1988 D-II title game. In the past 16 seasons on the bench, Hayes has helped the program win more than 250 games, including an NCAA tournament appearance in 2005.

The news of hiring means we've got these spots to fill: Penn State, due to Ed DeChellis leaving for Navy, and Radford, which parted ways with Brad Greenberg.
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