Coach Willie E. Jeffries is a former football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at South Carolina State University for nineteen seasons, five seasons at Wichita State University and five seasons at Howard University. Coach Jeffries was the first African-American head coach of an NCAA Division 1-A football program at a predominantly white college when he coached at Wichita State. Coach Willie is a member of the Elloree, SC Lions Club in District 32C.
Coach Jeffries grew up in South Carolina. He started his coaching career in 1960 as an assistant at Barr Street High School in Lancaster. His first head coaching job was in Gaffney, SC where he went 64-8-2 in seven seasons. At South Carolina State his teams won three black college football national championships, seven Mid-Eastern Athletic
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Conference championships and several post-season appearances. He coached numerous players who later became college Hall-of-Famers and professional players.
From humble beginnings sometimes come great things. Coach Jeffries has received numerous awards through the years including the Order of the Palmetto from SC Governor Carroll Campbell in 1988 and the Order of the Silver Crescent from SC Governor Jim Hodges in 2001. He was inducted into the Wichita Sports Hall of Fame in 2009 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2010.