| Wins against Kentucky - 1 | Losses against Kentucky - 2 |
Alma Mater: North Texas 
Date Died: February 26, 1973
Overall Record: 298-191 [20 Seasons]
|12/11/1958||Southern Methodist at Kentucky||W||72 - 60||-|
|12/16/1957||Kentucky at Southern Methodist||L||64 - 65||-|
|12/21/1956||Southern Methodist at Kentucky||W||73 - 67||UKIT|
Obituary - Lubbock (TX) Avalanche Journal (February 27, 1973)
Former Mustang Cage Coach, Wife Killed
TERRELL, Tex. (AP) - E.O. "Doc" Hayes, former basketball coach of the Southern Methodist Mustangs, and his wife, Kathleen, died in a one-car crash Monday.
Texas Department of Public Safety officers said Hayes, 67, and his wife were traveling toward Dallas on Interstate 20 Monday afternoon when their car hit a concrete abutment. The car was demolished, a DPS spokesman said, and Hayes and his wife were pronounced dead-on-arrival at Colonial Hospital here.
Won Eight Title
Hayes, described by former SMU sports information director Lester Jordan as a fun-loving man who was always out to help his fellow man, won eight Southwest Conference titles in 20 seasons at SMU, more than any other conference coach.
He also put together between 1947-1967 a record for most career victories by an SWC coach, 299. He lost 192.
SMU Chancellor Willis M. Tate, who was president of the school during most of Hayes' coaching tenure, said of the former coach and his wife:
"I have lost two close friends and SMU has lost one of its greatest leaders, who was loved by everyone associated with him. Our hearts go out to members of the Hayes family."
Matty Bell, former SMU athletic director, who hired Hayes in 1947, said: "He was one of the finest men and finest coaches I've ever known. He was primarily interested in the boys who played for him, and that interest in them continued long after they completed their college careers."
1956 Best Year
He was described by Jordan, one of his closest friends, as someone who had a story to tell for every occasion.
Hayes' title years included one in 1962, four straight from 1955-58 and three straight from 1965-67.
His best year nationally was 1956, when the Mustangs, led by All-America Jim Krebs, finished fourth nationally.
After retiring as head coach in 1967, he served as a special associate for two years before joining the Dallas Chaparrals professional basketball team as director of player personnel for two more years.
In 1927, after lettering three times as a basketball player at North Texas State, Hayes graduated and spent 20 years as a top high school coach.
He and his wife married in 1934.
They had two sons, Richard and John, who survive.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Restland Funeral Home in Dallas.
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