Willie Hayes played point guard for AAMU. He broke many school records and is considered one of the best to ever play for AAMU. He broke his school record for career assists (669) in 1997 and has also achieved honors such as SIAC Player of the Year in 1989, AAMU Male Athlete of the Year, and Mayor’s Cup Classic MVP.
History of the Bulldogs
The Alabama A&M Bulldogs have a long and storied history in NCAA athletics. The Bulldogs first began competing as members of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) in 1939, and since then, they have been one of the most successful teams in their conference. They are led by head coach James Spady who has had much success leading this program to multiple championships over his tenure with them.
Throughout their time in the SWAC, they’ve won numerous conference titles, including three football and seven basketball championships. In addition to that, they also boast an impressive list of individual awards, such as 11 All-American selections across both sports programs combined since 2000 alone!
Their recent successes on the field have made them a force to be reckoned with throughout college football circles; having earned top 25 rankings for two consecutive seasons now under Coach Spady's leadership is remarkable! On top of all that winning tradition, though, lies something even more special about this team: its commitment towards academic excellence amongst its student-athletes which sets it apart from many other collegiate programs around today's landscape.
Alabama A&M University was recently awarded an Academic Achievement Award by USA Today Sports for having some of the highest graduation rates among all Division I schools nationwide – proving that these Bulldogs are genuinely focused on succeeding athletically and academically too! As we look forward to what promises to be another exciting season ahead for this historical program, let us take a pause and recognize just how far these dedicated individuals have come during their time at Alabama A&M University – Go Dawgs!!
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Alabama A&M University
1999 - Present / NCAA Division I
1999 - Present / Southwestern Athletic Conference
Bulldogs - The Alabama A&M Bulldogs have long been a staple of the NCAA, and their mascot has become one of the most recognizable symbols in college sports. But where did this nickname come from? Let’s look at its origins to learn more about this beloved team.
The first recorded use of “Bulldogs” as an official nickname for Alabama A&M came in 1926 when the school adopted it as part of their football team's uniform design. The name was chosen due to its association with strength and determination, considered essential traits for any successful athlete or program. It also honored Bulldog Turner, who had coached football teams at Birmingham-Southern College (now Samford University) and Auburn University before coming on board with Alabama A&M in 1921 until his death four years later.
Since then, the Bulldogs have become synonymous with success both on and off the field; they've won numerous conference championships over the decades while also producing some outstanding alumni like NFL Hall-of-Famer Ozzie Newsome Jr., NBA All-Star Charles Barkley, former UAB president Dr. David Carrington III amongst many others!
The iconic bulldog logo is just another example of how much pride is taken within these walls - it serves as a reminder and an inspiration for all associated with this great institution: no matter what challenges may arise, we will always stand firm together! So next time you see someone wearing red & white or hear them chanting "Go Dawgs!" know that there's much more behind those two words than meets the eye - they are showing support not only for their favorite sports team but honoring generations past who made such accomplishments possible today!
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