Huntsville, Ala. ---- Alabama A&M University officials announced Thursday that the University and head men's basketball coach Willie Hayes have agreed to a contract that will keep the coach through 2015. The university in formulating the contract views this as a partnership in enhancing and improving student athletes performance as measured by the APR, generating additional financial support for athletics and continuing the winning traditions of athletics at AAMU.
President Andrew Hugine views the contract as a show of support for the program and Hayes, an alumnus who was inducted into his school's Athletic Hall of Fame 10 years ago.
Media accounts tout Hayes as "one of the best point guards to ever play for A&M" and his school record for career assists (669), broken in 1997.
He earned All-SIAC and All-American honors in 1988 and 1989, and was a member of the SIAC All-Tournament team in 1989. Hayes was also named SIAC Player of the Year in 1989, when he also was named AAMU Male Athlete of the Year, as well as Mayor's Cup Classic MVP.
Throughout much of his student athlete days and coaching career, Hayes was both mentored by and offered, in turn, strong support to former men's coach L. Vann Pettaway.