Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Woody Hayes

Woody Hayes


  • Position: Coach
  • School: Denison, Miami (OH), Ohio State
  • Years: 1946-1978
  • Inducted: 1983
  • Place of Birth: Clifton, OH
  • Date of Birth: Feb 14, 1913
  • Place of Death: Upper Arlington, OH
  • Date of Death: Mar 12, 1987

Member Biography

"Keep cool baby, and run those fat tackles to death." That's a quote from an Ohio State grad who described his school's football style. This was 1951-78, the years under Wayne Woodrow Hayes. "Three yards and a cloud of dust." If not a quote from Hayes himself, it was a successful battle plan according to his fans and critics alike. Hayes coached high school football, served in the U.S. Navy for just over five years and then coached at Denison and Miami of Ohio before coming to Ohio State in 1951. Hayes turned out teams that filled Ohio Stadium with avid fans, as the Buckeyes led the nation in home attendance in 21 of his 28 years. His OSU teams rolled to a 205-61-10 record, won 13 Big Ten Championships and added three National Championships. He produced 3 Heisman Trophy winners and 51 first team All- America selections. Twice - in the mid 1950s and again in the late 1960s - his OSU teams recorded 17 straight Big Ten wins. All told, Hayes' career record stands at 238-72-10. Hayes played tackle at Denison from 1933-35. He coached from 1936-40, at high schools in Mingo Junction and New Philadelphia in Ohio. Hayes was in the Navy and rose to the rank of lieutenant commander in World War II. He coached Denison from 1946-48 with a 19-6 record, coached Miami from 1949-50 with a 14-5 record, then moved to Ohio State. He majored in English in college and always emphasized educational values in talks with players. Hayes was born Feb. 14, 1913 in Clifton, Ohio. He died March 12, 1987 in Columbus, Ohio.