Success characterized the career of E.O. "Doc" Hayes as an athlete and as a coach. At North Texas Teachers College, he was a star performer on the basketball team. In 1927, he began coaching and teaching at the Pilot Point High School and later started on a remarkable 41-year career as a basketball coach. He developed a state championship team for Dallas Crozier Tech in 1946 and qualified six other teams for the state playoffs in a 17-season span. During the 20 years he coached at Southern Methodist University (1947-1967), he earned more Southwest Conference championship glory--five undisputed championships and three co-championships--than any other coach in the first 75 years of Southwest Conference history. Hayes was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1972.