2007 CIAA Hall of Fame Inductees Are Announced

By Tony McClean
Updated: January 17, 2007

NEW HAVEN, Ct. — The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association has selected six CIAA Legends to be inducted into the John B. McLendon, Jr. Hall of Fame on Friday, March 2, 2007, 11:00am at The Westin Hotel, Charlotte.

Each of these well-deserving inductees will also be acknowledged during the week of the CIAA Basketball Tournament at Bobcats Arena. This year’s six inductees are:

Al Roseboro, a Winston-Salem State University alumnus, who has been the “Voice of the CIAA” for over three decades and has announced over 30 CIAA Championship games for both football and basketball. Roseboro has become a CIAA Basketball Tournament fixture, as one person describes him, “He called games with an infectious level of enthusiasm that excited the crowd and encouraged the fans to get into the game.”

Roseboro, a football player, was recruited by the legendary Clarence “Big House” Gaines. In the early 70’s he joined his mentor Gaines as a Winston-Salem State University tennis and volleyball coach. In 1991, Al preceded Gaines as the Rams’ Athletic Director for six years. After dedicating 30 years to WSSU, including holding the post as Associate Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs, Roseboro retired in 2004. Beyond serving as the announcer for CIAA post-season championship games, Roseboro served a term as the First Vice-President for the league. The Rams inducted Roseboro in the WSSU Hall of Fame in 2005.

Joe Gilliam played on the Indiana University football team that was the Hoosiers’ national championship squad. He then went into the Armed Services. Upon returning to civilian life, he re-entered the collegiate ranks as a West Virginia State College basketball and football player. Gilliam received All-American honors as a quarterback and earned a place in the Yellow Jackets’ Sports Hall of Fame.

From 1963-1981, Gilliam was the assistant head football coach and defensive coordinator for Tennessee State University. During this period, TSU had nine Black National Championship teams. In 1989, he took the helm as head coach for four seasons. During this time he was inducted into the TSU Sports Hall of Fame, and was selected as Coach of the Year in the Ohio Valley Conference in 1990. His career record of 254-93-15 included coaching five undefeated teams and five other teams that lost only one game.

Joseph Howell is a graduate of North Carolina A & T and has spent nearly 33 years in the Philadelphia Public Schools System, coaching on the junior high level in basketball, tennis and baseball. During his collegiate basketball playing career, he was coached under Cal Irvin’s tutelage, where sports writers coined him as North Carolina A & T’s “bread and butter player.”

Howell led his team to two consecutive conference championships in 1958 and 1959. For his accomplishments, he received the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter’s Jack Gibson Memorial Plaque and the Aggie Letterman’s Award for the Most Outstanding Basketball Player of the Year.

Leroy “Lanky” Banks is the 1947 CIAA Basketball Tournament MVP and a member of the 2nd Annual CIAA Basketball Tournament Championship Team, the Trojans of Virginia State University. The Trojans, led by the legendary Harry “Big Jeff” Jefferson, defeated North Carolina Central University, 54-47; with Banks leading the way with 18 points.

Lanky, the center for the Trojans, was described by a reporter, as “…a great pivot man. Lanky shoots with either hand, and usually hits the hoop when points are most needed.” During Banks’ senior year at home, versus Hampton University, he hit 15 points in the first half and had a game total of 35 points. This was before the 3-point line. After graduating from VSU, Banks was drafted and played for the Utica Pros of the American Basketball Association.

Brigadier General Shelia Baxter, an alumna of Virginia State University, was named to the All-Conference team each year she played, 1973-1977. In 1976, she earned the title of tournament Most Valuable Player. She was the first Virginia State University player to accumulate 1,000 points in 4 years and was voted to the Muhammad Ali Women’s Collegiate All-American Team.

Continuing her athletic career, while serving her country in the mid 70’s, Baxter played for the All Army Basketball League . She has served over 27 years as a medical logistician and in June of 2003, Baxter was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General. She is the first woman in the history of the Medical Service Corps to achieve that rank.

William “Bill” Hayes, an alumnus of North Carolina Central University, played four seasons at the football center position, earning three All-America citations before graduating in 1965 with a degree in Physical Education. In 1976, Hayes became the head football coach at Winston-Salem State University. During his 12 seasons at WSSU, the Rams captured three CIAA Championships (1977, 1978 and 1987), including back-to-back undefeated regular season marks in 1977 and 1978. He posted an overall record of 89-40-2.

In 1988, Hayes was hired at North Carolina A & T State University, where he guided the Aggies to three MEAC titles, two NCAA Division I-AA playoff appearances and an overall record of 106-64-0 in 15 seasons. During his 27 year career as a collegiate head coach, Hayes accumulated a 195-104-2 overall record; establishing himself as the winningest coach at both Winston-Salem Sate and North Carolina A & T. Hayes has more career victories (195) than any other college football head coach in the state of North Carolina.