Willie Jeffries

Willie Jeffries

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Willie Jeffries, (born January 4, 1937) was a college football coach. In his 29-year career, Jeffries compiled a 179-132-6 record. He coached 19 years at his alma mater South Carolina State University (SCSU) in two stints, five years at Wichita State University, and five years at Howard University. Jeffries won almost 60 percent of the college games he coached, which made him the "winningest coach" in the 107-year history of SCSU and owner of more MEAC victories than any other coach.

Jeffries was the first African American head coach of a NCAA Division I-A football program at Wichita State University. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2010.

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South Carolina State

His record during his two stints with the South Carolina State Bulldog football team: 1973 to 1978 and 1989 to 2001, includes three Black National Championships, seven Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) championships, several post-season appearances in Division 1-AA playoffs and Heritage Bowl, and numerous coaching awards. Players that Jeffries coached at SCSU include Hall of Famers Harry Carson and Donnie Shell as well as Robert Porcher, Orlando Brown, Chartric Darby, Dextor Clinkscale, and Anthony Cook.

In 2010, Coach Jeffries was named Head Football Coach Emeritus by the South Carolina State University Board of Trustees. With the new role, Coach Jeffries will also serve...
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